Curtin University: Leading the field in Sustainable education
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Curtin University: Leading the field in Sustainable education

As a visionary, creative and inherently-global community, Curtin University is a pioneer of high-impact research, industry collaboration and graduate preparation, granting students the foundation needed to succeed in a competitive, global workforce.

Curtin’s heritage of excellence is echoed in its rapid climb up the higher education rankings. In part due to its powerful research performance, increased international partnerships and rising recognition for graduates, the institution ranks within the top one percent of the world’s universities. In 2017, it was also among the top-ranked ‘young’ universities in Australia in terms of global outlook, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

Separated into five distinct, discipline-based study regions, Curtin offers an education that is both broad and relevant to your chosen specialisation. The Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Humanities represent two of these noted departments, standing as verified centres of excellence for students aspiring to these lucrative employment sectors.

As the world faces increasing environmental degradation and debates over issues such as climate change, population pressures and declining resources, Curtin is propelling the necessary shift toward a more sustainable model for global production. This is an institution that has acknowledged the sustainable development challenge as an inter- and trans-disciplinary venture, calling on talented professionals, researchers and policy developers from all four corners of the globe.


Curtin knows the next generation of science and engineering experts will drive the most impactful change. In line with this demand, the university has forged a rich and dynamic catalogue of postgraduate sustainability courses, granting students what they need to implement global solutions to the most pressing issues of today.

Students who opt to pursue a track more focused on humanities will encounter courses based on strategy and policy. Their science-facing counterparts, however, delve into courses centred on aspects like research, testing and scientific solutions.

The university is also home to the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) which embodies the full range of Curtin’s research teams and centres surrounding sustainability scholarship. At the heart of the Institute’s ground-breaking movements are 120 qualified research students; sustainability specialists who engage in a wealth of collaborative research and industry-led practical projects, hoping to develop the knowledge and outcomes needed to launch the long-term sustainable revolution.

Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering)

Graduates of this course will strive to supply a growing population with affordable green power. This program takes an in-depth look at new and emerging technologies such as smart grid and distributed generation, ensuring students leave well-versed in the most current industry knowledge. With the aim of producing alternative sources of electrical energy to be put to use worldwide, Curtin’s fresh program structure now includes an independent research project, urging students to home in on a particular field and perfect their specialist knowledge.

Master of Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

Here, students use their understanding of biology to protect and maintain marine environments, thus supporting the health of the world’s aquatic species. Striving to uncover sustainable solutions for the global fish farming industry, students delve into a comprehensive range of topics including aquatic environmental management, aquaculture nutrition, food security and aquaculture technology, to name just a few. From here, students can obtain rewarding leadership roles within the resource management sector, as well as high-profile positions in research and development.

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Master of Science (Sustainability Management)

This ground-breaking program instils the skills and strategies needed to analyse sustainability issues. Taking a detailed stance toward more technical aspects of sustainable concepts, this course provides you with the groundwork from which you will become a leader of the field. You will plan, manage, analyse and evaluate environmental, social and economic company performance in a fast-evolving world.

Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy

This program seeks to refine policy development and the application of sustainable practice, focusing on creative, constructive transitions to widespread sustainability. Also emphasising the necessary aspects of professional conduct, students are given a platform from which they can apply their knowledge to real-world contemporary issues. This, plus the ingrained sustainability dissertation module, ultimately prepares graduates for employment that requires social scientific research and analytical expertise.

Master of Sustainability and Built Environment

Fostering a flexible approach to this specialised field of study, this program provides understanding, knowledge and expertise that cross multiple disciplines. The course is designed for professionals who are interested in building the necessary skillsets to push the built environment business in new directions, and promises insights that cross subject boundaries while offering a unique global perspective. Graduate professions in the sector are becoming more and more diverse, with former students now thriving in sustainable design, property development and community project careers.

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“I am proud of the Faculty’s culture of innovation, which encourages excellence, leads to strong relationships with government and industry, and provides the opportunity to find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges,” says Professor Andris Stelbovics, the Faculty of Science & Engineering’s Pro-Vice Chancellor.

“Curtin students, researchers and academics have the opportunity to work in sophisticated, stimulating and creative learning environments where discovery abounds.”

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