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Sustainable Living

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

The climate is changing, and we all have a role to play in creating a more sustainable future. Our course offerings in Sustainable Living will help you learn about sustainability on a local, national and international level, and align your studies with 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

Diploma of Sustainable Living

1 year min, 3 year max

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

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

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

Study options

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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25 Oct - 13 Feb 2022

*Estimated weekly study commitment 7-9 hours

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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27 Sept - 12 Dec 2021

*Estimated weekly study commitment 10 hours

Backyard Biodiversity

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.

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25 Oct - 13 Feb 2021

*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-7 hours

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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29 Nov - 20 Feb 2022

*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-7 hours

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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27 Sept - 12 Dec

*Estimated weekly study commitment 8 hours

Science of Gardening 2

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.

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27 Sept - 12 Dec 2021

*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.

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*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-10 hours

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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*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-10 hours

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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*Estimated weekly study commitment 10 hours

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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*Estimated weekly study commitment 5-10 hours

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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*Estimated weekly study commitment 8-9 hours

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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*Estimated weekly study commitment 6-9 hours

Course breakdown

Diploma of Sustainable Living

Core units

All students will study two core units which are offered as an introduction and capstone to your sustainability studies:

  • Communicating Sustainability
  • Local Lives for a Sustainable Planet
Your choice of electives to customise your sustainability learning experience

There are over 20 electives to pick from so you can tailor your educational experience to what you find engaging and interesting about sustainable living. Broadly speaking the options fit into four engaging themes:

  • Environment, Ecology and Planet
  • Resource Use and Design for Living
  • Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity

Some subjects, like Science of Gardening, have two units on the same topic that build from each other. The study options above highlight some of the most popular options, and the complete list can be found on the Diploma of Sustainable Living course page.

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.

Read more about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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.

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:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major or elective units in Geography and Environment

Bachelor of Business

  • Major in Tourism Management, and include a second major or elective units in Geography and Environment

Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness

  • Major in Natural Environment Management

Bachelor of Science

  • Major in Sustainability (NEW in 2022)

Career opportunities

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*.

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

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)

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.

Read more about Claire

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

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.