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What is a Graduate Diploma of Economics of Sustainability?

The Graduate Diploma of Economics of Sustainability teaches the core skills and knowledge essential for a career in economics. This course will cover advanced concepts of ecological economics, modern monetary theory, and monetary and financial systems, and encourage critical thinking.


This unique course offers a professional training in non-neoclassical economics and the ecological economics of sustainability, and is designed to meet the growing global demand for high-quality graduates in the field. You can enter this course from an undergraduate degree and graduation will provide job opportunities or a pathway to the Masters of Economics of Sustainability, and potentially to doctoral studies. This graduate diploma is ideal for those working or intending to work in business, government or not-for-profits, those seeking a background in the new economics and those considering a career as a professional economist.

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Learning outcomes

To meet the learning outcomes of the Graduate Diploma 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
1 year 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

This graduate diploma is designed to equip you with knowledge and skills that will become increasingly important and in-demand in the years to come. You can find a career in a wide variety of institutions as an economist and in 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. While the Graduate Diploma is an excellent qualification in Economics of Sustainability for early or mid-career professionals, if you are seeking to pursue a career as an economist, and are not already employed in that role, you should consider progressing to the Master of Economics of Sustainability. Progression to doctoral studies is necessary if you wish to pursue an academic career.

Potential career paths

  • Policy Adviser
    Average salary: $101,120 - $143,218
  • Economist
    Average salary: $96,895 - $140,231
  • Sustainable Finance Lead
    Average salary: $117,042 - $118,798
  • Sustainability Development Adviser
    Average salary: $111,734
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Subjects and units

The Graduate Diploma of Economics of Sustainability course structure comprises five core subjects (50 credit points) and three elective subjects (30 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 5 core subjects listed below. Additionally, you’re required to select 3 electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Foundations of Real-World Economics | ECO401 
  • Foundations of Modern Money Institutions and Markets | MMI401 
  • Data Analysis for Economic and Ecological Issues | ANA501 
  • Contending Perspectives in Economic Analysis | ECO602
  • Ecological Economics | ECO603

Requirements

Electives available to students may be chosen from the elective bank below. Choose 3 electives:

Elective subjects

  • 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
Three (3) years of relevant work experience
OR
Completion of Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability.

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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

Before you begin your application to study as an international student, check that you meet 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
Three (3) years of relevant work experience.
OR
Completion of Graduate Certificate of Economics of Sustainability
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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International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • 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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