Master of Sustainable Development

Macquarie University

The focus of this program is on how to effect changes towards sustainable development, and the development of practical skills in leading change processes. Students will have options to develop capabilities in a diverse range of disciplinary options from the environment to international politics or organisational management according to professional need. It offers a practical component as either work experience, consultancy practice or research, focuses on change-oriented processes for sustainable development, including organisational change, education and capacity building, and strategic planning. The program addresses the needs of professionals working in aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, business and international bodies concerned with issues of sustainable development. It gives students the opportunity to study some units from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management if they wish to work in organisational sustainability.

Course Fee:

International: $68,800

Entry Requirements:

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent; three years relevant work experience; a GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)


64 credit points; minimum 16 credit points at 600 level; minimum 48 credit points at 800 level or above

Subjects you can Study:

Sustainable development

Study Pathways:

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development; Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development

Further information:

Those with less than 3 years experience will need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Sustainable Development with minimum of 4 credit grades. This course is available for internal study only.

Who for:

Professionals working in the field of environment and development or sustainable development

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Sustainability Officer,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde No info Yes Part time 4 years
North Ryde No info Yes Full time 2 years

Macquarie — ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world — is an institution engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives.

Since its foundation more than 50 years ago, Macquarie has aspired to be a different type of university: one that’s focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society to advance world-class theoretical thinking and translating it into real-world solutions.

Macquarie is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct.

With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, students are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their future careers. 

Macquarie’s degrees ensure students graduate with the skills and experience that employers are looking for, which is why Macquarie is ranked in the top 10 in Australia for graduate employment.

Macquarie’s degrees are designed in consultation with industry and focus on practical, ‘real-world’ learning. Such learning is facilitated through unique programs such as the award-winning Global Leadership Program, recognised as Australia’s flagship tertiary global leadership program; PACE (Professional and Community Engagement), the only program of its kind in Australia that gives students practical, work-integrated experience that’s fully integrated into their degree; and one of Australia’s best exchange programs, which allows students to gain academic credit at one of 150 global partners along with job-ready skills before they graduate.

Macquarie’s 126-hectare campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport: 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

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Macquarie at a glance:

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Five QS stars in teaching, employability, research, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, inclusiveness and specialist criteria
  • Ranked among the top 110 universities in the world for employability (QS graduate employability rankings, 2020)
  • 10 subjects ranked in top 100 globally (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019)
  • More than 150 partner universities for student exchange in more than 40 countries
  • More than 30,000 work placements or community experiences through PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) partnerships
  • More than 300 industry partners on campus or in the adjacent high-tech precinct, providing access to internship and job opportunities
  • $1 billion invested to create a collaborative campus with world-class facilities and infrastructure
  • Located in the heart of Sydney’s fastest-growing region, only 15 kilometres from the Sydney CBD
  • Over 190,000 alumni from more than 140 countries
  • Australia’s first fully integrated health precinct centred around the on-campus hospital
  • 100% of research activity rated at world standard or above
  • 30 researchers in the top 1% of scientific authors in the world


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