Curtin University

Doctor of Sustainable Development

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
CRICOS: 00301J

The Professional Doctorate of Sustainable Development - DSD will include 100 credit points of units (equivalent to 0.5 EFTL) taken at Bentley campus, or online; and a doctoral thesis worth 500 points (2.5 EFTL), for a total of 600 points (3 EFTL). The course will require three years full-time study. The research and writing for the thesis will be undertaken predominantly in situ in developing countries. An option to undertake the thesis by publication would also be available. The course would conform to the requirements of Australian Qualifications Framework Level 10.


Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages:


  • At least two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework. Students complete four doctoral level coursework units including two core units and two optional units. Units are selected in consultation with the course coordinator. The thesis consists of a practically oriented research project in a specific are of sustainable development. The thesis follows Rule 10: Degree of Doctor by Research.

Standard entry requirements

Please refer to for further information on entry to this course.


Depending on your area of speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Curtin Perth No
  • Full-time : 4 years

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