Sustainability courses

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Introduction to Sustainability

When you study a sustainability course, you focus on finding workable solutions to environmental problems. Sustainability challenges span the globe, from the broadest scenarios in business and government, through to local issues in everyday life.

Sustainability skills, like complex problem solving and critical thinking, are valuable in many fields. Studying sustainability is especially relevant for careers based in consulting, planning, policy, the not-for-profit sector, and government.

Whether you’re fitting further study in around your job or looking to level up with a new qualification, studying sustainability is a great way to future-proof your career.

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Online sustainability subjects and short courses

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

Enrolments open until 18 Jul

Murdoch University

UndergraduateMUR-SUS100

Introduction to Sustainable Development

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Next enrolment closes 21 Jul

Curtin University

PostgraduateCUR-SCP543

Future Cities

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

University of South Australia

UndergraduateUSA-BUSS1067

Business and Society

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Online sustainability degrees

University of Southern Queensland

Add research skills to your environment and sustainability expertise

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania

UndergraduateTAS-SUS-DEG

Bachelor of Science (Sustainability)

Develop sustainable societies for a better world

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Charles Sturt University

Tackle the environmental issues you care about most

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Newcastle

Solve real-world environmental problems and build connections

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 199 ways to study sustainability with leading Australian universities.

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How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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Unlike when you study through a traditional university, you can enrol you in most of the undergraduate subjects available through our website instantly. Enrol in the subjects you’re interested in, and as soon as your study materials arrive, you can start learning online.

As you start completing your subjects, you’ll eventually need to apply to your uni to formally enter your degree. Enrolling in subjects is a great way of becoming eligible and applying successfully. Check out the Registering in this degree section on the degree page you're interested in for more information.

Postgraduate subjects are different. Most of them are restricted, meaning you’ll have to apply for entry and be accepted before you can start studying online. You’ll find information about the application process on the postgraduate degree page that you’re interested in.

Enrolling is easy. You can enrol online or over the phone with a student advisor.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

Sustainability highlights

  • Explore living examples of sustainable community development.
  • Unpack global and political climate and ecological emergency movements.
  • Choose from electives including energy security and natural disasters.

Sustainability specialisations

  • Understand and uphold UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Develop social maturity and ethical strength.
  • Build an interdisciplinary knowledge of climate change.

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