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What will I learn?


The world's governments have agreed to 17 challenging sustainable development goals to address poverty, justice and prosperity, while ensuring a healthy planet. How we reconcile these issues, and work with people to make changes to our current practices globally, nationally and locally sits at the heart of sustainable development that meets the needs of the present while safeguarding Earth's life support system on which the welfare of current and future generations depend.

This course will develop your practical skills so that you are equipped to effect changes towards sustainable development. You'll have options to develop your capabilities in a diverse range of areas including the environment, international politics and organisational management according to your professional needs.


This course focuses on change-oriented processes for sustainable development, including organisational change, education and capacity building, and strategic planning.

You'll have opportunities to undertake a practical component either as work experience, consultancy practice or research.

This course is particularly suitable if you're working in an aid agency, non-governmental organisation, government agency, or business or international body that is concerned with issues of sustainable development.

You'll have the opportunity to study some units from the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management (MGSM) if you wish to work in organisational sustainability.


This degree is suitable for professionals working in the field of environment and development or sustainable development. It is particularly relevant to those involved in planning, financing and evaluating initiatives in sustainable development. Through its international case-study focus, the degree addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-government organisations, government agencies, corporations and international bodies concerned with sustainability issues.

Career Opportunities


Our graduates pursue careers:

  • in consultancy work with business or community
  • with local councils
  • as sustainability coordinators for regional and national businesses
  • in universities and other educational bodies


  • aid agencies, such as AusAID
  • businesses such as Lend Lease, Fuji Xerox
  • government sector such as the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW)
  • international bodies such as the United Nations Development Program(UNDP)
  • non-government organisations such as the International Union for Conservation (IUCN)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (20,20,474) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognized equivalent. GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent. IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

For international students

AQF 8 or with two of the following:

AQF 7 degree in related field

AQF 7 Degree of WAM > 65

AQF7 with approved informal / formal learning

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes