Master of Sustainable Development at Murdoch University, Australia

The Master of Sustainable Development program equips students with the information and abilities required for a variety of sustainability-related positions in local, state, or federal government, businesses, and non-governmental organizations.

Campus Perth Campus


The Master of Sustainable Development program equips students with the information and abilities required for a variety of sustainability-related positions in local, state, or federal government, businesses, and non-governmental organizations. 

Candidates will research state-of-the-art sustainability practices and regulations with regard to issues like energy production, water use, waste management, biodiversity, climate change, urban planning and land use, international development, and sustainability education. 

The core module equips students with a thorough understanding of some of the most important facets of sustainable development practice, including adaptation to climate change, urban and regional sustainability, global, regional, and local sustainability issues and implementation, and sustainability and international development in Asia. 

The professional electives available to candidates to advance their professional skills include project management, ethics, and leading and managing non-governmental organizations. 

Through policy electives, candidates have the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in areas such as environmental impact assessment, energy policy, environmental management, policy, and law. This master's degree includes a research dissertation to aid candidates in expanding their knowledge and honing their research abilities.

What you will study

Program Structure

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career or academic objectives. You'll cover the following topics:

  • Sustainability ecology and communities

  • Community, industry and local government

  • Cultures, communities and sustainability in Asia

  • Climate change adaptation

  • Cities and sustainability

  • Environmental policy for the 21st Century

  • Project and risk management

Learning Outcomes

If you succeed in completing it, you will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a thorough theoretical understanding of sustainability concepts and the SDGs.

  1. Develop and put into practice specific disciplinary and transdisciplinary methodologies to identify and comprehend sustainability issues.

  1. Utilizing research abilities, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and problem-solving approaches, independently examine projections and scenarios and suggest solutions for sustainable growth.

  1. Participate in decision-making that adheres to the principles of sustainable development by evaluating and synthesizing several information sources critically.

  1. To demonstrate competence in professional practice, work both as an individual and as a team leader on a variety of tasks.

  1. To communicate with audiences that include both specialists and non-experts, use a variety of written, oral, and visual strategies.

  1. Demonstrate independence, sound judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a learner and practitioner of sustainable development.

Career Opportunities

After your graduation, you'll be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and professional insights needed to lead groups and projects for sustainable development in domestic and international businesses as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Options for careers include:

  • Sustainability or Environmental Officer within business or government

  • Community Development Officer

  • Sustainability Consultant

  • Sustainability Educator

  • Eco-preneur (starting and leading green businesses)

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A recognized Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or above, equivalent training, even if it is not always in a subject area directly related to the course being proposed, or sufficient preparation from prior study or practical experience

English Language Requirements

To study at Murdoch, you need to know at least a certain percentage of English, which may indicate having to pass a number of English tests.

  • IELTS - 6.0 ( overall)

  • TOEFL - 90  ( overall)

  • PTE - 58  ( overall)

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Tuition Fee 

  • AUD 22,320 for the entire course.


You can maximize your educational experience by applying for a financial aid award. We provide scholarships and awards to children from all walks of life, whether they are great achievers or have overcome adversity. 

Check out our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for as a new Murdoch student, as well as what's available throughout your degree.

  • Level
    Masters Coursework
  • Delivery
    On Campus
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Application Fee
  • Intake
  • Language Test Score
  • Scholarship
    10% tuition fee discount