The sustainability challenge of the 21st century has moved from sustainability education (i.e. awareness and information) to education for sustainability, i.e. how to make it happen. The Master of Sustainable Built Environment is structured around this approach.
Education for sustainability is about empowering professionals to take on the challenge, it is transformative rather than merely transmissive, it is holistic and driven by critical thinking, and ultimately is about becoming a champion for change. The task begins with ways of thinking as well as considering the differing value systems and cultures which influence the ways communities shape their built environments.
The Master of Sustainable Built Environment provides the opportunity to explore these challenges in depth and adapt them to the needs of diverse professional and cultural settings. This program takes a global view and places it in a local context. It is both academically interdisciplinary and linked to practical application in industry.
Completion of a recognized bachelor degree
Meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
At the conclusion of this program students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of concepts and principles of sustainability and their application in the built environment.
2. Apply research principles and methods applicable to sustainable development in local, national and international contexts.
3. Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply established theories to practice.
4. Justify, interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
5. Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner.
6. Demonstrate the qualities of an ethical practitioner.
7. Describe, explain and apply quantitative tools to implement and assess sustainability solutions.
8. Recognise and investigate how behaviours influence the sustainability of the built environment.
9. Demonstrate cultural awareness, environmental and social responsibility, and a respect for diversity.
SUSD0001 Sustainable Dev & Urban Envir (6 UOC)
SUSD0004 Sustainability & Habitability (6 UOC)
SUSD0002 Resources, Materials & Sustain (6 UOC)
SUSD0003 Energy & the Built Environment (6 UOC)
BENV7020 Research Seminar (6 UOC) - pre-requisite for students planning to enrol in SUSD0015 Graduate Research Project (12 UOC)
Elective (6 UOC)
Electives (12 UOC)
Optional Summer Semester
Electives (up to 12 UOC)
SUSD0015 Graduate Research Project (12 UOC)
Electives (12 UOC)
SUSD0007 Integrated Design Studio (12 UOC)
Electives (12 UOC)
Note: SUSD0007 Integrated Design Studio is only offered in S1;
SUSD0015 Graduate Research Project is offered in both S1 and S2.
With permission from the Program Director, a student may enrol in both the design studio and research project.
Electives List A:
BENV7732 Sustainable Infrastructure (6 UOC)
PLAN7140 Land & Environment Law (6 UOC)
SUSD0009 Environmental Auditing (6 UOC)
SUSD0010 Managing the Sust Built Env (6 UOC)
UDES0006 Case Stud in Urb Dev & Design (6 UOC)
Electives List B:
ACCT5961 Reporting for Climate Change (6 UOC)
CONS0014 Project Management (6 UOC)
CVEN9872 Solid Waste Management (6 UOC)
CVEN9888 Environmental Management (6 UOC)
CVEN9892 Sustainability & Risk Analysis (6 UOC)
GBAT9103 Bus Mgt for a Sust Env (6 UOC)
GEOS9011 Environmental Impact Assess´t (6 UOC)
IEST5001 Frameworks for Env. Mgt. (6 UOC)
IEST5002 Tools for Env. Management (6 UOC)
REST0006 Property Development (6 UOC)
UDES0009 Urban Landscape & Heritage (6 UOC)
Note: Some electives may not be offered every year, and the sequence of program study is governed by pre-requisites for some courses.
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