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Environment and Climate Emergency

Graduate certificate

Investigate key climate emergency and learn how to inform relevant policies and practices that support a sustainable future.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Environment and Climate Emergency
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

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12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Environment and Climate Emergency at Curtin?

Broad career options

Apply your skills and knowledge through professional work and community engagement.

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In this course you will gain knowledge of the fundamental concepts and major issues relevant to global environmental and climate crises, and build skills to create positive change at a local, national and global levels.

This course comprises three core units and one optional unit focusing on the understanding, reflection and investigation of key sustainability issues. There is a strong emphasis on professional practice to strengthen your career opportunities and professional development.

A major component of your studies will be engaging with climate emergency issues and applying your learnings to develop strategic responses.

You will become familiar with real-world practices through lectures and workshops delivered by consultants from industry and government. You will also learn practical skills in social research, analysis and broad stakeholder engagement.

At the Legacy Living Laboratory (L3) – a state-of-the-art data visualisation space and research facility – you will expand your knowledge and build capabilities to contribute solutions to biodiversity loss, extreme climatic events and other issues affecting communities globally.

When you successfully complete the course, you may transfer to the graduate diploma and then subsequently enrol in the master degree.

The course caters for both full-time and part-time students.

What jobs can the Graduate Certificate in Environment and Climate Emergency lead to?

Organisations are increasingly working with environment and sustainability consultants in order to be environmentally responsible and to improve their stakeholder relationships.

This course will prepare you for employment in various public and private sectors that require specialist knowledge of applying environmental and sustainability practices to all levels of business and organisations.  


  • Urban/environmental planning
  • Government
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Regional development
  • Conservation and environment
  • Land use
  • Resources and energy
  • Transport

What you'll learn

  • apply relevant disciplinary knowledge to the concept of sustainability and planetary health
  • apply critical and analytical skills within a sustainability framework
  • identify, locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant and reliable information sources on sustainability
  • communicate ideas and information, verbally and in writing, to a range of target audiences
  • use communication technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  • identify and apply successful learning strategies
  • identify and apply international good practice to local sustainability issues
  • identify the complexities and benefits multiculturalism brings to sustainability, including indigenous cultures
  • demonstrate leadership ability within sustainability practice to work effectively as a team and independently when appropriate

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. 

Students may transfer to this course after successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Environment and Climate Emergency.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $9,900*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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