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Sustainable Living

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

This certificate will teach you about sustainability on a local, national and international level. You’ll learn what sustainable living means for you.

The curriculum is linked with UN Sustainable Development goals that include sustainability at home, in the environment and as a social enterprise. You’ll also learn how sustainability can empower transformative change and improve human health.

You’ll learn practical knowledge about sustainability, and how to apply it to in your home, community, business or social enterprise. Graduating, you’ll have a better understanding of your connection to sustainability.

Are you a continuing student studying the Diploma of Sustainable Living? Visit the course page for more information.

Course Options

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living

0.5 year min, 1 year max

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

To help you with your tuition fees, the University is offering 50% HECS Scholarships to eligible students in 2021.

All units align with UN's Sustainable Development Goals, which is the blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for all.

Study options

Introduction to the Science of Climate Change

Have you noticed the climate changing around you and want to learn more? Or do you want to better understand the science that predicts Earth’s future climate? Science of Climate Change provides an engaging entry into the subject.

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Introduction to Sustainable Design for Houses

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.

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Humans: Earth Shapers

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.

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Science of Gardening

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.

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Global Food Security

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.

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Science of Fishing

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.

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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.

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Communicating Sustainability

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.

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Living with Fire

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.

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Living and Working with Cultural Diversity

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.

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Course breakdown

Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living

The Undergraduate Certificate consists of a core unit HEJ111 Communicating Sustainability, and the choice of three elective units from the list above.

Each unit is worth 12.5 credit points, and the Certificate requires 50 credit points to complete. All units must be completed by 31 December 2021 to receive your Certificate.

HECS Scholarships

The University of Tasmania is offering 50% HECS Scholarships to eligible students in 2021 on Sustainable Living units. See the HECS Scholarship fee schedule (PDF 64KB) for further details.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living will articulate into the Diploma of Sustainable Living in 2022 with full credit so you can continue your sustainability education.


Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Living

Four units of study

  • 12.5 credit points: 1 core units
  • 37.5 credit points: 3 elective units

Career outcomes

Sustainable Living units structured around UN's 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.

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On Completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable living, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast divergent perspectives and knowledges of sustainability by reflecting on local sustainability solutions
  • Explain how contemporary sustainability approaches can augment day-to-day behaviours and activities of individuals, organisations and communities

Study Experiences

Pursuing a passion for sustainability

Claire Duke particularly enjoyed environmental subjects during her previous study, and current climate issues made taking on the full diploma an easy decision.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.