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Degree structure

Degree details

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the graduate diploma:

  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 courses. 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 courses are taught in English. If your education courses 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.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

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

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

The Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy 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 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 & Climate Policy.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy students must complete a total of 8 subjects.

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