Master of Sustainable Practice

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Sustainable Practice

RMIT University

Master of Sustainable Practice

This program unites like-minded people to explore complex sustainability issues.

You'll collaborate on projects tackling problems in areas of water usage, energy, food, liveable cities, waste management, climate management or risk management.

You'll extend your views of sustainability and sustainable practice by:

  • exploring your views of sustainability and how it affects your employer and the project, and encouraging yourself into action around change
  • developing sustainable practice as a process of continual change based on reflective practice
  • recognising the Long Now - that this precise moment grows out of the past and is a seed for the future*
  • recognising that we can create realities by first imagining them*
  • recognising that being here includes more than work and home; that the Big Here could be the wider local community, Australia and the world*.

* Ideas developed from Brian Eno's 'The Big Here and Long Now'.

You'll develop capabilities to achieve sustainable practice by:

  • communicating coherently across disciplines and with the broader community
  • identifying and defining sustainability problems by researching and developing proposals
  • leading, managing and participating effectively in change processes
  • evaluating activities undertaken for efficacy
  • being aware of self, others and processes used.

Program structure

The Master consists of 192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points).

The program intersperses sustainability project courses with sustainability body of practice courses.

The sustainability project courses are in the form of a workshop series that supports you through structured inquiry, providing the opportunity to share your learning with other participants.

The sustainability body of practice courses explore a range of different practices from different disciplines that can be used to move through the problem-solving/managing cycle. These courses are built around case studies and are also delivered in intensive mode.

You may also select electives from an extensive range across RMIT University—from renewable energy technology through to environment and planning courses.

An exegesis or critical interpretation of the project and program is required for the Master of Sustainable Practice.

Program entry requirements

  • You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Applicants with significant work experience may be considered. Please provide evidence of experience that demonstrates you have developed knowledge of the field of study sufficient to undertake the program.

International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).


Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree may be considered on the basis of work experience. Applicants must provide evidence that they have developed a level of experience and knowledge in a field of study, any field, sufficient to undertake the program. Examples of evidence would be CVs or a letter from an employer.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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