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 26 Feb 2024, 22 Jul 2024

Curtin University

PostgraduateCUR-SCP543

Future Cities

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Murdoch University

UndergraduateMUR-SUS100

Introduction to Sustainable Development

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 24 Jun 2024, 29 Jul 2024

University of South Australia

UndergraduateUSA-BUSS1067

Business and Society

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Online sustainability degrees

University of Southern Queensland
University of Tasmania

UndergraduateTAS-SUS-DEG

Bachelor of Science (Sustainability)

Develop sustainable societies for a better world

Benefitting from world-class expertise in sustainability, you'll learn how to create frameworks for developing sustainable solutions in a range of fields and careers.  

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

Get a solid grounding in ecology. Gain skills in environmental practice. Specialisations include climate, conservation, and parks. Includes work-based learning with your choice of environmental organisation. Protect ecosystems for today and tomorrow.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Newcastle

Solve real-world environmental problems and build connections

Step up to effective environmental leadership at a time when it’s needed most. This UN certified course covers the latest theories around building a sustainable future. Specialise in business management, natural resources, or spatial science.

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Discover 200 ways to study sustainability with leading Australian universities.

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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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