The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment is an advanced interdisciplinary coursework program which enables graduates from a wide range of backgrounds to develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills in the application of the principles of sustainable development to the planning, design, construction and management of the built environment.
The program responds to the increasing demand for built environment and related professionals with the capacity to meet the growing challenges of sustainable development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region and the expansion of specialised career opportunities in both the public and private sector.
The program is available to suitably qualified local and international students and provides opportunities for full-time or part-time study.
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 a clear 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.
The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment is a one year full-time or two years part-time postgraduate diploma which consists of four core courses (comprising the Graduate Certificate) plus electives worth 24 units of credit (UOC), totalling 48 UOC.
Students are required to choose a minimum of 12 UOC from the free electives set out in List A, and are encouraged to choose the remaining units of credit from the free electives set out in List B. List A includes Sustainable Built Environment electives. List B includes existing electives from FBE and other Faculties which cover topics broadly relevant to built environment sustainability, and/or which students have historically frequently chosen. However, with agreement of the Program Director other suitable postgraduate electives may be selected from any UNSW Faculty, provided that the student meets any prerequisites set for the particular elective(s) they are selecting.
The schedule below is based on a full-time student commencing at the beginning of the year – note that that mid-year entry is also available.
SUSD0001 Sustainable Dev & Urban Envir (6 UOC)
SUSD0004 Sustainability & Habitability (6 UOC)
Electives (12 UOC)
SUSD0002 Resources, Materials & Sustain (6 UOC)
SUSD0003 Energy & the Built Environment (6 UOC)
Electives (12 UOC)
Optional Summer Semester:
Electives (up to 12 UOC)
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 the program study is governed by pre-requisites for some courses.
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