Master of Sustainability - The University of Sydney
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Master of Sustainability

2nd in Australia for life sciences and medicine (2023 QS Subject Rankings)
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About this course

Diversify your career in areas like environmental science, finance, law, urban planning, sustainable building design and public health. Gain expertise in conservation, population health, food security, sustainability policy, and analysis tools through coursework and an industry placement.

Who is it for?

If you are interested in increasing your understanding of complex sustainability challenges and discovering tools to measure, report on and identify solutions to these challenges, you'll gain these skills with the Master of Sustainability. 

Course structure

Master of Sustainability graduate Rodrigo Martinez Ramirez

Key information


1.5 years full-time
(Available part-time)
Not available to student visa holders.


Camperdown/Darlington University of Sydney

Study mode

Face to face

Additional information

Credit points
Total amount of credits points required to complete this course. All subjects have a credit point value to indicate their contribution towards completing the course.

Career paths

Across all industries, public and private organisations are investing in sustainable practices and seeking professionals who have the knowledge to help them understand where they can make a difference.

You can tailor our sustainability degree to suit your path, with the flexibility to choose electives that build on foundational sustainability topics and align with your interests. These areas include:

  • Built environment
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
  • Food and water
  • Global development
  • Health
  • Law
  • Policy
  • Social entrepreneurship

What you’ll study

The Master of Sustainability is a postgraduate coursework degree that will boost your education with an understanding of complex sustainability challenges and you will discover tools to measure, report on and identify solutions to these challenges.

You will complete core units to build your foundational knowledge in sustainability, along with a capstone research project. You will also complete elective units as needed to meet the requirements of the course.

Why study with us?

  • The University of Sydney is placed equal 19th globally in the highly regarded 2024 QS World University Rankings, rising 22 places from last year.
  • Ranked 2nd in Australia and 25th globally for life sciences and medicine in the 2023 QS Rankings by Subject.
  • Sustainability at Sydney is multidisciplinary, combining leading expertise from disciplines spanning business, economics, law, health, agricultural and environmental science, energy and engineering, design and technology.
  • You will be taught by researchers who are international leaders in their fields, and industry professionals, who partner with the program as guest speakers and mentors to provide insight into a range of workplaces.
  • You do not need to have a specific background for this course, you can apply with a bachelor’s degree from any discipline.



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Admission criteria



Mandatory for course entry

For admission to this course, you should have a Bachelor degree from any discipline with a credit average.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission into the Master of Sustainability may wish to consider applying for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Sustainability or the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability.


English language requirements

Mandatory for course entry

You may need to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study with us. Find out which requirements are applicable to you below:

How to apply

Submit application

Submit an application through our portal.

Closing dates

Semester 1

31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2

15 July of the commencing year

Scholarship applications

Separate deadlines apply for scholarships.

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Additional information

For academic enquiries regarding the Sydney Sustainability Program, please contact the Program Coordinators.