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

Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will have:

  1. Advanced knowledge concerning the role of energy in society, the operation of various renewable energy technologies and the criteria for sustainable energy development, in both developed and developing countries.
  2. Technical skills to undertake energy audits and carbon accounting and to analyse, consolidate and synthesise data, and devise energy and carbon management strategies.
  3. Cognitive skills to think critically and creatively in order to design renewable energy systems and carry out techno-economic analysis of energy systems.
  4. Communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of energy and carbon economics and policy to a variety of audiences.

Graduates of this Graduate Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  1. To report on the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a company in compliance with Federal legislation.
  2. To initiate, plan, implement and evaluate an energy and carbon management program for a company.
  3. To conduct a feasibility study for a company concerning the incorporation of renewable energy technologies and in particular design a hybrid solar photovoltaic and battery system in accordance with industry accredited practice. 
  4. To make high level, independent judgements in developing energy and carbon policy and planning for corporate or government entities.

Graduates can expect to gain employment in power generation companies, renewable energy manufacturing and installation companies, international aid organisations, government departments, energy efficiency, carbon accounting and environmental consultancies, university and private industry research organisations and local government.

Professional recognition

Students who complete the subject EENV590 Energy Systems as part of this degree are eligible for provisional accreditation by the Clean Energy Council for design of stand-alone photovoltaic systems.

Career objectives

The aim of this degree is to provide advanced training in the areas of renewable and sustainable energy systems, sustainable energy policy, energy efficiency, and carbon management. The degree provides internationally industry relevant skills that are in demand as Australia and the world transition to a modern and low-emissions energy sector.

Higher education

Recognised Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, in a related area. Students with alternative, satisfactory preparation may also be admitted.
Some of the subjects taken assume some prior knowledge, details of which are given in the description of each subject in the Handbook. The most common of these is the Physics prerequisite for subjects such as Energy in Society, Energy Management, Energy Systems and Energy Efficient Buildings. Some students may therefore need to complete additional prerequisite subjects. 

Please contact the Academic Chair of Energy Studies to discuss:
Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.

Students with adequate academic backgrounds should seek exemptions from the Chair of Energy Studies at Murdoch University.

Applicants with relevant prior learning may be granted credit if they comply with the university’s policy on accreditation. Students should contact Murdoch University for further advice.

This degree was previously known as Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies.

The Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies is intended to provide graduates of any discipline with a one-year degree of study that covers the core areas of renewable and sustainable energy, as well as energy and carbon management.

Award Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies students must complete the following 8 subjects

  • EENV591 Energy Policy
  • EENV592 Energy in Society
  • EENV590 Energy Systems
  • EENV593 Energy Economics
  • EENV594 Energy Management
  • EENV504 Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • EENV599 Climate Change Science and Policy
  • EENV598 Carbon Management

For individual advice on how recent changes to the degree structure may affect you, please contact the Academic Chair, Dr. Jonathan Whale, direct:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au

2018 Changes

EENV587 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development had been removed from this degree. Students who have completed this subject will have it counted towards their degree.

2017 Changes

This degree has undergone a major change effective Study Period 3, 2017.

The degree will now be known as  Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies. Students will not be disadvantaged in any way by the upgraded curriculum. Degree variations will be permitted so that students currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies can take any of EENV599, EENV598, and EENV504 for their Energy electives.

If students want to do the subjects that were in the diploma when they first enrolled then they can still complete the subject content of EENV501 or EENV596 by Independent Study Contract. Students will be contacted by Murdoch University to inform them of the updates.

For individual advice on study plans or any further enquiries, please contact the Academic Chair:

Dr Jonathan Whale
Academic Chair of Energy Studies
Murdoch University
Tel. +61 8 9360 2102
Email. J.Whale@murdoch.edu.au