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Accredited Sustainability Courses from the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 21st, 2008

I’m often asked by Sustainable Melbourne readers about where they can learn about sustainability at a university level. The information below about courses in sustainability from Swinburne should be of some help! If you’d like to add other related courses at different institutions please do – comments are welcome in the box below this post.

Applications are now open for the Diploma of Sustainability and the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability offered by the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne. Places are limited. For further information visit

Diploma of Sustainability
The Diploma of Sustainability introduces students to sustainability concepts and explores how they can be applied effectively across a broad range of industry practices. The course helps students gain a better understanding of how to apply sustainability concepts to their current stream of studies, or their work environment. The 4 units of the Diploma of Sustainability delivered over 15 sessions in 1 year, are designed for delivery as part of a dual qualification to be studied concurrently with another degree or diploma course. They can also be studied in isolation providing participants already have a diploma or higher level qualification and relevant work experience. For further information phone the NCS on 03 9210 1903 or email ncs@

Graduate Certificate in Sustainability
This post-graduate predominantly online course consists of 2 core units of study and a selection of specialised elective units covering energy, land & water, eco-design and corporate and community sustainability. This course addresses the key sustainability challenges in terms of environmental, economic and social issues at a local, national and global level. Core units will introduce students to general principles of sustainability and equip them with the skills to successfully implement sustainability strategies and initiatives in a variety of contexts. For further information phone Swinburne Post Grad on 1300 368 777 or email postgrad@