The Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Built Environment is an advanced, one-year interdisciplinary coursework program which allows graduates from a wide range of backgrounds to develop skills in sustainable development and apply them to planning, design, construction and management of the built environment. This program will prepare you to meet industry demand for professionals who can rise to the challenges of sustainable development in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

*This program is suspended and the final intake will be T3 2020. From 2021, you will be able to study Sustainable Built Environment courses as electives in Architecture, City Planning, Construction Project Management, Landscape Architecture, and Property and Development.

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Why choose this degree?

With the expansion of specialised career opportunities in this area in both the public and private sectors, you will be well positioned to flourish in a crucial, cutting-edge growth industry.

Who should choose this degree?

Graduates and professionals from a range of backgrounds including planning, design, construction and management of the built environment will choose this program to consolidate their knowledge in sustainable design and construction.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Sustainability Professional
  • Federal, State or Local Government
  • Industry Consultant
  • NGO Sustainability Consultancy

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

Graduates can seek accreditation as a Green Star Accredited Professional, Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional as well as Environmental Auditor certification (subject to additional criteria required by the certification body, Exemplar Global).

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution in a relevant field such as the Built Environment disciplines or related areas such as environmental science or engineering. Local and International students are eligible to apply.

The program is particularly suited to professionals wanting to up skill after being in the field for several years.In addition to consideration of academic qualifications, relevant professional experience may be taken into account for entry. In exceptional circumstances, where an applicant does not hold a formal qualification in one of the identified cognate disciplines but has at least 5 years relevant professional experience, they may be considered for entry.

Relevant professional experience would normally be in roles such as building designer, environmental planner, construction project manager, environmental/sustainability project officer, building sustainability/energy efficiency assessor or built environment consultant with an environmental/sustainability focus.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program.

This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other context which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Program Director.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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