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What is a Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability?

The Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability is a self-contained introduction to modern monetary theory and ecological economics. Learn foundational concepts of ecological economics and modern financial systems, and develop communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

During this course, you will learn to analyse economic and ecological issues, discuss economic reform proposals and evaluate consequences of economic policy changes. You will also be exposed to a range of different schools of thought in economics and other disciplines. This course is designed to supplement higher education with a qualification in the field of economics of sustainability, and suits early and mid-career professionals wishing to update and develop specialist knowledge in these increasingly important areas. This graduate certificate also acts as a pathway to the Graduate Diploma and Master of Economics of Sustainability.

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Learning outcomes

To meet the learning outcomes of the Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability, you are required to demonstrate:

  • Oral and written communication skills applicable to present advanced concepts related to ecological economics and modern monetary theory, financial and monetary systems to businesses, policy makers and broader communities.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills in drawing economic insights based on varying schools of thoughts in economics and other disciplines.
  • Problem solving, quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills in analysing economic and ecological issues.
  • Listening, comprehension and cognitive skills in discussing economic reform proposals and evaluating consequences of economic policy changes.
Study mode
Online
Campus locations*
Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
0.5 years full-time, part-time options available
Start date

12 Sep 2022

20 Feb 2023

05 Jun 2023

Fees

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability is designed to equip you with core knowledge and skills that will become increasingly important and in-demand in the years to come. A postgraduate course in economics will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of institutions as an economist or a variety of related roles. Potential employers include regulatory agencies, state or federal governments departments, financial institutions and non-financial corporations, and not-for-profits. If you wish to pursue a career in economics, and are not already employed in such a role, you are encouraged to progress to the graduate diploma for a more comprehensive grounding in economics, and to the Master of Economics of Sustainability degree as a pathway to the economics profession. Progression to doctoral studies is required if you wish to pursue an academic career.

Potential career paths

  • Public Servant
    Average salary: $87,033 - $111,615
  • Policy Adviser
    Average salary: $101,120 - $143,218
  • Sustainability Development Adviser
    Average salary: $111,734
  • Business Analyst
    Average salary: $99,463 - $136,500
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Subjects and units

The Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability course structure comprises two core subjects (20 credit points) and two elective subjects (20 credit points). Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Electives

Requirements

Complete the 2 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select 2 electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Foundations of Real-World Economics | ECO401 
  • Foundations of Modern Money Institutions and Markets | MMI401 

Requirements

Electives available to students may be chosen from the elective bank below. Choose 2 electives:

Elective subjects

  • Data Analysis for Economic and Ecological Issues | ANA501 
  • Contending Perspectives in Economic Analysis | ECO602
  • Ecological Economics | ECO603
  • Real-World Microeconomics | ECO604 
  • Macroeconomics of the Real World | ECO605 
  • International Finance and Modern Monetary Theory | MMT601 
  • Sustainable Development Indicators | SUS601
  • Inequality Equity and Employment | IEE601 

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

An Australian Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, in a business (or related) discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
OR 
Any Australian Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent AND at least 2 years post degree professional work experience
OR
Seven (7) years of professional, administrative or managerial work experience.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Admission criteria

An Australian Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, in a business (or related) discipline from a recognised tertiary institution
OR 
Any Australian Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent AND at least 2 years post degree professional work experience
OR
Seven (7) years of professional, administrative or managerial work experience.


Academic IELTS 6.5 with no skills band less than 6.0 (or equivalent TOEFL, CAE or PTE).
OR
Previous completion of a recognised professional or higher education qualification in the English language is equivalent to the above.

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OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

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  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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