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Sustainability, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Armidale, Australia| Online
The Bachelor of Sustainability at University of New England provides a unique opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of sustainability in a holistic manner, integrating the social sciences and humanities with the environmental sciences and natural resource management.
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Going beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and transcending the old 'arts-sciences' divide, we adopt a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to sustainability, and graduates gain an understanding of social and community sustainability as well as ecologically sustainable development - a great advantage in the growing 'green collar' job market.

UNE was the first university in Australia to offer this degree and ours remains a step-ahead, offering targeted, career-orientated majors depending on whether you would like to work with communities, design and implement policy, or work in environmental protection or cultural heritage management. 

Whether you would like to work in the public sector, private sector or in the non-government field, the potential avenues are endless.

Workplace experience is facilitated during the degree and you can also draw upon the expertise of our industry-based Course Advisory Committee as well as the guidance and mentorship of our cutting-edge researchers and academics. 

Our staff are at the forefront of their fields, they are passionate about sustainability and as well as teaching, they also conduct research in: ecosystems, environmental law and policy, carbon and water trading and climate change - and these are just a few examples!

UNE has a long history of supporting social and economic well-being and environmental health right across Australia

So, if you would like to work with people in building a better world then this degree is for you! You will be equipped with the ability to understand the complexities of the environmental and social problems which beset our society, as well as the problem-solving abilities needed to build a sustainable future.

You will study a diverse variety of subjects from a broad range of disciplines, together providing a unique focus on sustainability integrating environmental management, geography, law, psychology, social science, economics and policy studies. 

You can major in Environmental Resilience, Environmental Governance, Governance and Regulation, Community Engagement and Development or Cultural Heritage Management. 

Each degree has mandatory subjects and you can supplement these with your choice of electives, and you may also undertake work placements if you wish. Read on for more details!

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Sustainability at the University of New England is an interdisciplinary degree that offers a solid academic grounding and vocational qualification. 

Career opportunities include positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including roles as sustainability and environment officers, policy advisers, planning and research officers for state/federal government, government planning and environment departments, environmental protection agencies, cultural and natural heritage management, environmental conservation, land and water management, natural resource management, community development, commercial industry, environmental consultancies, mining, research careers with CSIRO, universities and industries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Up to 10 years Part-time

  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Cradle to Grave: Population Geography
  • Rural Planning and Resource Management
  • Environmental Planning and Administration
  • Understanding Research
  • Regional Development: Processes and Policies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

CRICOS Code 072404F

  • A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
  • Assumed knowledge is any two units in English.
  • Recommended studies are any two units of Mathematics.
  • Applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28216 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28216 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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