Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.36
Liaison Laura Minchella
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Sydney
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Zoe Morrison
Strategy Advisor
Strategy Office
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

By tackling key global issues, the Master of Sustainability equips students to further their career in diverse areas from environmental science to finance, from law to urban planning, and from sustainable building design to public health. They learn about energy conservation, population health, food security, sustainability policy, and sustainability analysis tools. In this one-and-a-half-year postgraduate course you will boost your education with an understanding of complex sustainability challenges and discover tools to measure, report on and identify solutions to these challenges. The Master of Sustainability builds on the Graduate Diploma with a capstone project that includes researching current sustainability problems in collaboration with industry, aiming to deliver sustainable solutions to the industry partners. Offering excellent flexibility, the sustainability program allows students to tailor their subjects to suit their own background and career interests. An initial foundation in sustainability-based units, with core units including health and population, energy and resources, food and water security, policy and governance, social change, and sustainability analysis tools. Students then broaden their studies by choosing electives across a range of areas or focus on one aspect and design their Masters course capstone project in that area.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Architectural Science (Sustainable Design)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Master of Architecture (Sustainable Design) involves an approach to creating buildings that meets the world's need to reduce our impact on ecological systems. The built environment professions "including architects, engineers, urban designers and planners "are increasingly held responsible for the performance of their designs and projects, including accordance with promised environmental principles. Sustainable design skills are highly demanded by the construction and design industries, environmental consultancies, government agencies and in the day-to-day operation and management of commercial buildings. This program is tailored for design and related built-environment professionals who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in sustainable design.


Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Agriculture and Environment

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The Master of Agriculture and Environment trains students to solve the big challenges in the world: food security, climate change, and management of carbon, water and the environment. With lots of professional experience in the lab and out in the field, students graduate ready to contribute to a booming sector that generates over $150 billion a year in production, contributes around 16% of Australia's export earnings, and tackles the biggest global issues of our time. The one-and-a-half-year Master of Agriculture and Environment is the perfect next step for graduates already trained by a degree in Science, Economics or related work experience (accreditation subject to approval). As a part of the degree, students complete a research project where you will be innovatively addressing modern-day problems, while also honing skills in project management, communication and cross-disciplinary thinking.


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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Specialisation: High Performance Buildings

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The High Performance Buildings program at the University of Sydney is unique in Australia. It offers the opportunity to pursue or develop an exciting career in the built environment field within a wide range of areas including building services, facilities management, architectural practice, business, sustainable design commercial development, property management and more. It is open to graduates from a range of disciplines including science, engineering, architecture, building and planning. Created in close consultation with industry stakeholders, the program trains professionals who can collaborate with designers, construction teams and facilities managers to achieve sustainable outcomes that raise the bar for world's best practice.


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Specialisation: Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

This specialisation is designed for qualified engineers seeking to move into a management role or to specialise or update their skills. The Master of Engineering, to which this specialisation belongs, builds on existing engineering undergraduate degrees to develop specialised technical knowledge in sustainability and environmental engineering, exploring the development of sustainable products and processes that maximise efficiency and minimise environmental impact.


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Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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Many of our sustainability-focused postgraduate degrees contain streams - self-crafted specialisations created by the elective units that students select. For example, the Master of Sustainability has a number of streams available including policy, water, waste, conservation and energy. These are not considered specialisations under the University of Sydney nomenclature but form the same function as a specialisation without the transcript recognition.

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