Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Environmental Sustainability

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
A Bachelor's degree.
Alternative Requirements
Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry.
Note: Course requirements may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.
English Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident should contact Ara for advice.
- IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart on the Ara website.
Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice is to enable students to develop and apply advanced understandings of theories, driving forces, and worldviews, including Te Ao Maori, related to sustainable practice within the context of their discipline specific knowledge. The programme embraces principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi to facilitate collaboration and innovation and applies an interdisciplinary framework to address complex sustainability problems. Graduates will be able to engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving, utilise research, and advocate for, and contribute to, more sustainable practices in a range of contexts. The PG Diploma in Sustainable Practice is aimed at people looking for more in-depth, longer duration professional development and advanced study to enable them to become agents for change related to sustainable practice.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Environmental Studies at this level can earn:


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