Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the graduate certificate:

  1. apply a range of relevant disciplinary knowledges to the concept of sustainability in work and community settings
  2. apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework; think creatively to develop practical pathways to sustainability
  3. locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
  4. communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
  5. use communication and research technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  6. demonstrate a reflexive and adaptive approach to learning; understand second order learning; identify and apply successful learning strategies
  7. recognise the global nature of sustainability and the relationship between global and local sustainability issues; identify and apply international good practice to sustainability
  8. recognise the diverse meanings and applications of the notion of culture to sustainability; respect indigenous culture and its relevance to sustainability; identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability; and critique culture as an integrated system of norms that enable or disable sustainability
  9. demonstrate the ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate; show leadership and apply ethical and professional standards.

Higher education


A Bachelors degree with an appropriate level of achievement in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution is sufficient to apply for any of our degrees. Students may also gain entry to the Masters or the Graduate Diploma through completion of the 'Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Policy'.

Work and Life

Professional Work Experience

In some cases, a significant body of professional work will be considered an adequate substitute for a Bachelors degree as an entry point to the Graduate Certificate.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

This degree develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of, sustainability and climate policy issues in social research and analysis. It assists in career development, preparing students for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts that require social scientific research and analytical skills in sustainability and climate policy. It is designed to complement existing knowledge gained from an undergraduate qualification in any recognised area including business, humanities, sciences and education. It also combines a general qualification with more specific educational opportunities, enabling students learn in a way that best suits existing needs and priorities. It also offers advanced, individualised learning opportunities providing a pathway to the Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy.

Recommended Study Pattern

Complete one core subject and three elective subjects.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy students must complete a total of 4 subjects.

Choose your subjects


Complete three elective subjects from the list or any OUA postgraduate subject. You must contact the Course Coordinator for approval of your elective subjects before enrolling if outside the list provided.