The sustainability challenge of the 21st century has moved on from awareness and information. It is now about implementation: how to make it happen. The Master of Sustainable Built Environment is structured to meet this challenge. It will prepare you to become a specialised champion for change, taking a global and practical view that is driven by critical thinking. In this degree you will consider different value systems in cultures which influence how communities shape their built environments, and explore challenges in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. With the choice of a capstone research project and/or Integrated Design Studio,, this comprehensive degree focuses on providing you with evidence-based tools to support all endeavours in the sustainable built environment, from room to 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 degree to broaden and deepen their knowledge in sustainable design and construction.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Sustainability Professional
  • Industry Consultant
  • Federal, State or Local Government
  • 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 minimum four year 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 is required for admission to the Masters Program.

All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a credit average (equivalent to a WAM of 65 or above) in their Bachelor degree.Where an applicant does not hold a four year Bachelor degree in one of the identified cognate disciplines, admission may be permitted in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma with the possibility of progressing to the Masters Program subject to an average of Credit or better performance (a minimum WAM of 65) across the completed courses. 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.

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 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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