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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Applicants must have a recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training in a related area.
Some units have a prerequisite of upper high school Physics or first year university introductory physics. Therefore, students without that background may need to do the prerequisite unit SCI16 Introduction to Physics in addition to the eight units in this degree.  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

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.

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

The Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies includes subjects in the technical areas of energy supply and energy demand as well as the non-technical areas of economics and policy.

Graduates will acquire skills to enhance their work in areas such as energy policy, energy economics, energy management and efficiency, sustainable energy systems design and planning, the environmental impact of energy systems and their use. The degree includes a short research project in renewable energy research.


Graduates of a Graduate Diploma will have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Student will learn about holistic approaches to sustainable energy development and how to improve existing energy systems. They will develop broad-based knowledge of the technical, policy, economic, social and environmental aspects of energy use and have the opportunity to undertake a short research project to explore an area of energy that they are really passionate about. Students are required to complete a total of 24 points over a period of 1 year full-time equivalent, which is available in internal, external or mixed-mode of study.


Graduates of a Graduate Diploma will have:

  1. skills to design and carry out a techno-economic analysis of energy systems, undertake energy audits and report on energy consumption and carbon emissions, critique and improve energy policy, and conduct research into innovative energy solutions.
  2. cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to problems
  3. cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  4. specialised technical and creative skills in a field of skilled and/or professional practice
  5. communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  6. communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

The degree is designed in a way that the postgraduate students, irrespective of their previous degrees in science or engineering, can learn aspects of management, sustainability, economics, policy and climate science in relation to energy project development.


With training in state of the art research and teaching facilities, you will gain practical experience and learn from experts from the Murdoch University Energy Research and Innovation Group (MUERI). Graduates will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  1. to make high level, independent judgments in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised energy contexts
  2. to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  3. with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters

Classroom students have site visits to wind farms, solar farms, village power renewable energy demonstrations, and conduct a walk-through investigation of energy consumption in a large hospital. Lectures are provided by MUERI renewable energy experts as well as from guests from the energy industry. Online students are provided all materials from the lectures, tutorials and site visits and are encouraged to participate in live classroom discussions and to present their work using online software.

The assignments are designed in a way that the students test and improve their understanding in scientific, mathematical, operational, engineering and computing skills, and critically analysis and reporting.

Students also learn how to conduct critical literature reviews that they present, either in person or online, to gain confidence on gathering information, improve their reporting and presentation skills, and to update their knowledge on current research and modern practices in renewable energy.

Some students have been successful in obtaining vacation employment during their studies which helps them to select a career in energy industry.
This degree will also provide students with a clear pathway to the Master of Renewable Energy at Murdoch University.

Graduates may find increased employment opportunities in energy consulting companies, government agencies, energy management companies or renewable energy companies.

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.

2018 Changes

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

2017 Changes

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

The course will now be known as  Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies. Students will not be disadvantaged in any way by the upgraded curriculum. Course 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 units that were in the diploma when they first enrolled then they can still complete the unit 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

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