Sustainable Built Environment

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  • Semester 1 (March) or Semester 2 (July)
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Masters Degree

Why undertake the Master of Sustainable Built Environment?

As a professional, this degree will enable you to advance your knowledge and skills in the principles of sustainable development, exploring the planning, design, construction and management of buildings and the urban environment.

Buildings and urban environments represent a major source of human impact on natural ecosystems. As a result, sustainable development has become a major concern of urban policy, planning, design and management.

Demand for built environment and related professionals to develop knowledge and skills appropriate to sustainable development has increased, as has the expansion of specialised careers in both the public and private sector.

What you will gain

This degree takes a global view and places it in a local context. You will be provided with tools of thinking, analysis and decision making to achieve sustainable built environments.

You will examine issues of sustainability, their interconnectedness and interdependencies at building, neighbourhood, city and regional scales. You will also develop skills in energy/environmental modelling, assessment tools, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), sustainable planning and design, Triple Bottom Line (TBL) and advance your understanding of habitability and urban planning considerations.

Why study Master of Sustainable Built Environment at UNSW?

This degree is the first of its kind in Australia. Our faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and our accountability and responsibility for the public domain and the interdisciplinary nature of its formation and management.

We provide you with the option of specialising your degree through either a research stream or design studio. You’ll have opportunities for research and internships linked to the CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) for Low Carbon Living, the most significant research project of its kind in Australia. Led by UNSW Built Environment, the CRC for Low Carbon Living aims to drive innovation that seeks to enable a globally competitive low carbon built environment sector.

To keep up to date with news on sustainable design development visit the UNSW BE Sustainability Blog.

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