Sustainable Living

The climate is changing, and we all have a role to play in creating a more sustainable future.

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Diploma of Sustainable Living

Learn practical skills

Learn practical ways to improve sustainability in your home and the community.

Flexible delivery

Offered fully online, so you can follow your passion for sustainable living in your own community.

Study with no tuition fees

This course offers a 100% HECS fee waiver to eligible students in 2022 for the Diploma of Sustainable Living.

Study options

The Diploma consists of eight units. You will study an introductory and capstone unit, then select six more units to customise your sustainable living learning journey towards your areas of interest. A selection of our most popular units are below, and you can find the full list on the course page.

Backyard Biodiversity is for everyone; from people keen to deepen their understanding of the wildlife in their local area, to those ready to convert their backyard into a biodiverse haven, and people just interested in coexisting more sustainably with life on earth.

Read more about Backyard Biodiversity

*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-7 hours

Explore the history and literature of sustainability, including the formation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. You’ll develop the skills to think critically about sustainability in your own life and community. Plus, you’ll develop the research and communication skills to implement sustainability solutions in your community.

Read more about Communicating Sustainability

*Estimated weekly study commitment 8 hours

The challenge of ensuring adequate food production and equitable access to food is crucial and complex. In this unit, you’ll tackle important problems relating to global food security related to hunger, obesity, resources, poverty, population, justice, and sustainability.

Read more about Global Food Security

*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-9 hours

Life on Earth has nearly been extinguished five times since the explosion of complex life some 550 million years ago. The causes of the five major events are debated. This unit will explore the science, governance and values relevant to the issue of mass extinction and human Earth shaping.

Read more about Humans: Earth Shapers

*Estimated weekly study commitment 6-9 hours

Whether you’re looking at building, buying, renovating, or simply learning, smart housing design can have huge benefits for you and our planet. Learn about the environmental and human health impacts of using creative decision making in the design and renovation of houses.

Read more about Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses

*Estimated weekly study commitment 10 hours

Learn what causes fire and why wildfires behave the way they do, as well as how to evaluate your own level of fire risk. This unit was developed in consultation with members of the indigenous community and Tasmanian practitioners and UTAS Fire Centre (led by Professor David Bowman). It provides a holistic perspective on the scientific, social, economic and ethical issues inherent in moving towards a sustainable co-existence with wildfire.

Read more about Living with Fire

*Estimated weekly study commitment 7-9 hours

Become better prepared to deal with a variety of culturally challenging situations. Develop an appreciation of the personal and professional benefits that come from being more culturally aware and competent in increasingly diverse settings.

Read more about Living and Working with Cultural Diversity

*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-10 hours

Learning from experts from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, you will explore habits of different species based on their environment, learn about the variety of fishing gear and methods, and understand the science of fishing sustainably.

Read more about Science of Fishing

*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-10 hours

Science of Gardening is for everyone, from avid green thumbs with a lifetime of experience to those planting their first seedling. In this unit, you’ll learn the science behind traditional and modern gardening techniques, and this will change the way you see your plants, and change the way you garden.

Read more about Science of Gardening

*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-7 hours

You will explore the roles of climate and soils in shaping the types of plants that grow in different regions; the origins of domesticated plants; and the roles of predators, pathogens, mutualists and symbionts in extending or limiting plant growth.

Read more about Science of Gardening 2

*Estimated weekly study commitment 7-10 hours

Do you want to participate in transformations for a better world and learn how you can make a difference? In this unit you will assess environmental, social, and economic implications, evaluate approaches to sustainability and analyse and communicate information to aid decision-making.

Read more about Sustainability

*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-10 hours

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Diploma of Sustainable Living you will possess new skills, outlooks on living, and a deeper understanding of sustainability in an ever changing world which will complement your existing career direction.

Careers relating to Sustainable Living are growing across many industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years:^


Environmental Scientists

Predicted job growth to 2025


Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians

Predicted job growth to 2025


Environmental Manager:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission - 2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)

Where to from here? Further study options for those interested in sustainability.

Completing a Diploma in Sustainable Living and looking for your next step? Develop the skills to build a better future and continue your passion for sustainability with further study in one of these suggested courses. You can also articulate into further study with full credit from any level 100 units studied in the Diploma.

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Study experience

Learning to live sustainably can enrich both your life and your career

“The flexibility to choose from a really diverse selection of subjects in the Diploma means I’ve studied probability theory, gardening, bushfire science and journalism, all within the one study program".

Anthea's story
Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times

Your study is structured around the UN Sustainable Development Goals

At the University of Tasmania, we're dedicated to supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals through our island state and its extraordinary beauty. That's why every unit in the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living directly addresses specific UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals