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Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Climate Policy

GradDipSustStdClimPol(Curtin) - GD-SUSTAN Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Study mode On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

This course builds on the curriculum of the Graduate Certificate to provide you with a broader range of specialist topics

This course 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.

The course also combines a general qualification with more specific educational opportunities, enabling you to learn in a way that best suits your existing needs and priorities.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you may transfer to the Graduate Diploma and then enrol in the master degree

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution. You may also gain entry through completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Climate Policy.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days.

Off-campus and online study options are under development.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $17,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Creative overlap between current employment and study is emphasised. Credit may be awarded for prior learning and demonstrated skills.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental planner
  • International development worker
  • Researcher
  • Social assessment officer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Sustainability officer.

Potential employers

  • Engineering and infrastructure development organisations
  • Environmental organisations
  • International aid organisations
  • Local government
  • Organisations in the energy and resources sector
  • Transport agencies.

More information about Sustainability and Climate Policy