UNSW Australia

UNSW Built Environment

Master of Sustainable Development


UNSW Sydney, NSW

Sydney, New South 2052


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

The Master of the Built Environment (Sustainable Development)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of the Built Environment (Sustainable Development) is the first degree of its kind in Australia. This program enables professionals to advance their knowledge and skills in the principles of sustainable development, exploring the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and the urban environment.

This Program is an advanced interdisciplinary coursework program which provides opportunities for graduates from a wide range of backgrounds (e.g. architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, building, property development, civil engineering, etc.) to enhance their knowledge and skills in the application of the principles of sustainable development to the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and the urban environment. While approached from an international perspective, the program places special emphasis on the rapidly developing South East Asian region.

Students will examine issues of sustainability, their interconnectedness and interdependencies at building, neighborhood, city and regional scales. They will also develop skills in energy/environmental modeling, assessment tools, Life Cycle
Assessment (LCA), sustainable planning and design, Triple Bottom Line (TBL) and advance their understanding of habitability and urban planning considerations.

Importantly students have the option of specializing their degree through either a research stream or design studio, with outstanding opportunities for research and internships within the CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) for low carbon living.

Career Opportunities
The program is structured to support a number of career options. It allows architects, planners, landscape architects and engineers to build a clearer focus on sustainability in their practice. It also allows for career shift options regardless of career background – for example, graduates can specialize in policy/governance, international development or education for sustainability. This is made possible through the choice of appropriate electives and the graduate project topic. The Program Director advises students on these selections to enable the desired career pathways.



International Student Requirements:

A minimum four-year Bachelor degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. Where an applicant’s qualifications are not considered adequate, admission may be permitted to the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate with the possibility of upgrading to the Master program, subject to satisfactory performance.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

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