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Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)

  • M1214MASTER OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Title Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Course Code M1214
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Business and Governance
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr Allan Johnstone | Email: A.Johnstone@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6278

Qualification Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Master of Sustainable Development takes a holistic approach, providing students with the knowledge and skills that are particularly relevant for a wide range of sustainability careers within local, state or federal government, businesses and NGOs. The course addresses the implementation of sustainability at local, regional and global levels, and within urban and rural areas, and a wide range of organisations. Students have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge sustainability practices and policy relating to such areas as energy, water use, waste, climate change, biodiversity, urban planning and land management, international development, and sustainability education.

The Core module provides a sophisticated understanding of some of the most important dimensions of Sustainable Development practice, including: sustainability issues and implementation at the global, regional and local levels; urban and regional sustainability; climate change adaptation, sustainability education; and sustainability and international development within Asia. Within this Core module, each student is given an opportunity to build their professional resume by undertaking a career-relevant internship or practical project for academic credit.

Professional Electives enable students to acquire professional skills in areas including: project management, community development and strategic communication.

Policy Electives give students an opportunity to develop specialised expertise in areas such as: environmental impact assessment, energy policy, GIS, and environmental management, policy and law.

Finally, the course concludes with a Capstone program that gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and research skills by undertaking a Research Dissertation (that could qualify students seeking admission to a PhD) or a Research Project.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or higher, or equivalent training, though not necessarily in an area directly related to the proposed course, or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Employment Prospects This course aims to develop the skills, knowledge and professional acumen needed for sustainable development leadership within international and Australian businesses, government agencies, and non-government organisations. Students acquire expertise in innovative sustainability practices, as well as high-level research training and professional development. During the course, each student is given an opportunity to build their professional resume by undertaking a career-relevant internship or practical project for academic credit. The course brings together high-achieving students and industry practitioners from many different parts of the world and harnesses their unique skill-sets through team projects and other forms of interactive learning. Part of the course's magic come from the networking and ideas exchange that take place when tomorrow's sustainable development leaders come together in this dynamic environment.
Nested Awards Students taking the Master of Sustainable Development can opt for an early exit with the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development subject to satisfying course requirements.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 33 or 42 credit points

Theory - 27 credit points

SUS512 Sustainability, Ecology and Communities - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

SUS523 Cities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD505 Mining, Communities and Sustainability - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

SUS532 Sustainable Development Internship Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external, Y-internal, Y-external

SUS611 Resilient Regions: People and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: SUM-internal (quota of 10 places), SUM-external, U-internal (quota of 10 places), U-external

AST650 Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV536 Engaging with a Sustainable Future - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV680 Climate Change Adaptation: Ecosystems and Societies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Capstone Experience - 6 or 15 credit points

Select one of the following two options:

ART610 Masters by Coursework Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

and

ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

ART6401 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external, Y-internal, Y-external

Specified Electives - 6 or 15 credit points

Students completing ART610 Masters by Coursework Research Dissertation and ART604 Advanced Research Methods are required to complete two units from the lists of electives below.

Students completing ART6401 Masters by Coursework Research Project are required to complete five (5) units from the lists below, at least three (3) of which must be at 600-level.

Professional Electives

MBS685 Project Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, W-internal, W-external

MBS687 Effective Leadership - 3 points
Not available this year

MBS651 Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations - 3 points
MURDOCH: SP17-internal, SP17-external

SWM621 Ethics and Global Justice - 3 points
Not available this year

Policy Electives

ENV556 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

ENV552 Comparative Environmental Policy and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PEN591 Energy Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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