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Your Sustainable Environments career starts here with the Bond University Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning

The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides a foundation for those intending to pursue a career in a variety of natural and built environment professions involved in creating sustainable environments.

Complete your Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning in 8 months and broaden your study and career opportunities

Bond University Diplomas take only eight months to complete allowing you to articulate straight into the third semester of a Bond University degree. Transition into a university degree seamlessly having already been part of the Bond community.

What our students say

“My Bond University journey began when I left my job as a carpenter hoping to achieve more in the construction industry. After months of approaching several universities I couldn’t seem to find the right degree for me. I was recommended Bond by a friend who was already studying here. I was surprised how easy it was to sign up and become a Bond student, with the helpful staff that guided me through the process and had me enrolled in the upcoming semester in no time. Now coming up to my fourth semester looking back to where I was last year I wouldn’t have it any other way”.

Bradley Vagg

Key features

  • Complete your diploma in only eight months
  • Integrate into the university environment from day one
  • Have the support of extra tutorials just for diploma students
  • Articulate into the third semester of a Bond degree

About the program

The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides a foundation for those intending to pursue a career in a variety of natural and built environment professions involved in creating sustainable environments. This Diploma will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Show more

The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides a foundation for those intending to pursue a career in a variety of natural and built environment professions involved in creating sustainable environments. This Diploma will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Students gain knowledge through studying the specified relevant subjects. Some core skills covered include; sustainability science, sustainability and society, urban design, communicating in groups, conflict resolution, problem solving, individual and group decision making, information management, and the use of different network technologies.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning provides students a pathway to most Bond University undergraduate degrees , with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Students are advised to check the degree study structures online to confirm for which subjects they may receive credit. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • September 2018
Program typeHigher Education Diploma
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment, Foundation Programs
Program codeCO-00012
CRICOS code081521D
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: sbc@bond.edu.au

The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, with urban management, sustainability and climate change becoming fundamental challenges for the government, private and community sectors in Australia and around the world. Professionals working within the natural and built environments must possess comprehensive knowledge and skills in the areas of economics, entrepreneurship, development, policy, science, sustainable practices and technology.

This Diploma will provide you with access to a wide range of career pathways in the natural and built environments. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical experience required to be sustainability professionals in business, industry, government, consulting firms and non government organisations. Graduates can progress into a wide range of careers in mining and energy, fisheries and agriculture, tourism, property, community infrastructure, city and regional planning, development assessment, transportation, strategic or social planning or urban design. Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable environments, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

The Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning is a two semester (full-time) program of 8 subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject

Mandatory subjects

Students must complete the following mandatory subjects for the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning:

Elective subjects

Students must complete four of the following elective subjects for the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning:

*Academic Skills (BCAS01-020) is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (weeks 2 to 6).

Recommended study plan

For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program Structure and Sequence webpage.

The total program fees for the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning are:

  • $24,744
  • $26,968

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Domestic students

Entry to the Diploma of Sustainable Environments and Planning requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 21 or better or ATAR 40.65 or better). Bond University College also offers tertiary preparation programs (Foundation Program and University Preparation Program) for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.

  • Work experience - ANZCO Skill level 3 for 1 year full-time equivalent
  • Incomplete Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (passing grades in 2 subjects)
  • STAT result of 144
  • OP ineligible Schedule equivalent rank to OP 16 to 21

For alternate means of entry such as work experience or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test please contact the Office of Future Students.

Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (in Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (international)
Email: information@bond.edu.au

International students

International Academic entry requirements.

English language requirements

  • Pass in Bond University College EAP Level 2 or
  • IELTS 6 (no subscore less than 5.5)

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

What our academics say

“The Diploma program at Bond offers exciting teaching and learning experiences that are relevant to creating dynamic careers. If you are like me and wanted to transition from doing a job that you don’t find that much satisfaction to one where you are energised by your daily work, then advanced education can be a pathway for that transition. Undertaking a diploma degree at Bond allows you to refine your job ready skill set and develop a network of other professionals in your field of choice. Contemporary work environments are based in the “knowledge economy” where innovation, entrepreneurial endeavours can assist in striking a balance between the carrying capacity of our planet and human prosperity. I truly enjoy my role here at Bond and feel full of optimism for how we can resolving pressing local and global issues in a way that maintains our levels of happiness. Now is a good time to make that change in your life and come join us here at Bond where you will enjoy investing in your future. For example, in my Sustainable Development and Society subject we discuss and evaluate current trends in public policy and technology that will have a positive impact on the transition away from resource depletion, waste generation and excessive pollution, where your problem solving ability is enhanced and prepares you to make a positive contribution to the pressing issues facing our world".

Ned Wales Senior Teaching Fellow, Urban Design & Planning