Master of Sustainable Development
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The focus of the degree is on how to effect changes towards sustainable development, and the development of practical skills in leading change processes. You will have options to develop capabilities in a diverse range of disciplinary options from the environment to international politics or organisational management according to professional need.
- Offers a practical component as either work experience, consultancy practice or research
- Focuses on change oriented processes for sustainable development, including organisational change, education and capacity building, and strategic planning
- Addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, business and international bodies concerned with issues of sustainable development
- Gives you the opportunity to study some units from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management if you wish to work in organisational sustainability
|North Ryde (Sydney)|
Minimum course duration
1 year - 2 years (full time)
Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)
860854 - On-campus
This degree is suitable for professionals working in the field of environment and development or sustainable development. It is particularly relevant to those involved in planning, financing and evaluating initiatives in sustainable development.
Through its international case-study focus, the degree addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-government organisations, government agencies, corporations and international bodies concerned with sustainability issues.
Domestic Fee-paying Place (DFP)
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)
Student amenities fee
Information on the Student services and amenities fee
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00)
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
Minimum of three years of relevant work experience
There are options to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development (16 credit points) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development (24 credit points).
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points||64|
|Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above||48|
|Minimum number of credit points at 600 level||16|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master
Our graduates pursue careers:
- in consultancy work with business or community
- with local councils
- as sustainability coordinators for regional and national businesses
- in universities and other educational bodies
- aid agencies, such as AusAID
- businesses such as Lend Lease, Fuji Xerox
- government sector such as the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)
- international bodies such as the The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- non-government organisations such as the International Union for Conservation (IUCN)
Wendy Goldstein is the Program Coordinator for the Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development Programs in the Graduate School of the Environment (GSE). She joined the University after 14 years of working internationally for IUCN – the International Union for Conservation as Head of Education and Communication in Gland, Switzerland. She is now Deputy Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. Her previous position was Head of Environmental Education in NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Her research interests are in social change and managing learning and change processes and good governance.