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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Practice

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Ara Institute of Canterbury


Gain foundational knowledge and specialist skills in sustainable practice.

This is an ideal first step towards postgraduate study if you have an interest in sustainable practice and you wish to develop higher-level understanding and specialist skills from your undergraduate degree. The programme will equip you with core foundational knowledge about the theories, driving forces and worldviews (including Te Ao Maori) related to sustainable practice. As part of your studies you'll apply your knowledge to specific contexts that will show how interdisciplinary frameworks and research can help address complex sustainability problems.

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are continually evolving to respond to new, emerging and existing sustainability problems and solutions. Many current jobs require capability in sustainable practice. These include jobs in product design and production systems, hospitality and tourism, engineering and architecture, education, non-government organisations, primary industries and business.

Study pathways

Upon completion of this programme, you can further your studies with the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice (Level 8) or the Master of Sustainable Practice (Level 9).

Entry criteria

A Bachelor's degree or Graduate Certificate or Diploma in relevant subject areas.

Alternative requirements

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

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