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Influence cities of tomorrow

Now more than ever, more emphasis has been placed on the environmental management and planning of our cities. Graduates must acquire knowledge to solve problems and reshape the quality and performance of cities around the world.

The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning at Bond, equips graduates with knowledge in environmental science and management, and urban design and planning. This combination of knowledge and skill development allows graduates to pursue many career paths in the natural built environment.

Gain professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning is professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry when entering the workforce.

By learning in the University’s Sustainable Development Building, students will also be encouraged to expand their horizons and redefine the sustainability and planning industry of tomorrow, promoting sustainable practices. Students will experience Bond’s small class sizes and learn from nationally and internationally recognised academics in a collaborative environment. This allows students the opportunity to refine their skill set and apply their theoretical knowledge in practical settings.

Grace Ferraz

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning student

Bondy Grace Ferraz outside the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok! The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning student is currently undertaking an internship with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Grace Ferraz

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning student

Bondy Grace Ferraz outside the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok! The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning student is currently undertaking an internship with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Key features

  • Learn in the University’s Sustainable Development Building Precinct promoting sustainable practices of tomorrow
  • Graduate with a professionally recognised qualification
  • Apply theoretical knowledge learnt in two specialist majors to practical settings

About the program

The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning enables you to graduate with two specialised majors: Environmental Science & Management plus Urban Design and Planning. The Urban Design and Planning major equips you with the theoretical and practical skills required to undertake the design, appraisal and management of urban and regional developments. Show more

The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning enables you to graduate with two specialised majors: Environmental Science & Management plus Urban Design and Planning. The Urban Design and Planning major equips you with the theoretical and practical skills required to undertake the design, appraisal and management of urban and regional developments. The Environmental Science & Management major equips you with specialist skills in environmental management, and the ability to apply relevant and sustainable solutions in a range of planning situations. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment
Program codeSD-90004
CRICOS code079536D
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, there is considerable demand for graduates with expertise in sustainable living environments. Climate change, urban management and environmental impact are prominent concerns for both industry and government, creating high demand for environmental and urban professionals.

The Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning 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 and planning professionals in business, industry, government and consulting firms. Graduates can progress into a wide range of careers in city and regional planning, community infrastructure, development assessment, fisheries and agriculture, mining and energy, property, strategic or social planning, tourism, transportation 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.

Professional accreditation

Students graduating with the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning are internationally recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  The program is also accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

View the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning - Program Structure and Sequencing 

The structure of the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning is based on theoretical and practical subjects. This program is designed in close consultation with prominent industry professional boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

All classes in this degree are delivered Monday to Wednesday. This provides you with the opportunity to schedule work and study, participate in field trips or work experience.

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Foundation subjects (7)

Environmental Science & Management major (6)

Choose any six subjects from the following list:

Urban Design & Planning major (6)

Plus one of the following:

Electives (2)

Choose any two electives subjects from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.

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

  • $100,920
  • $101,928

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.

Academic requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.

In the January semester 2017 there were fewer than five OP/ATAR offers made in this program hence comparative information on previous OP/ATAR intake scores is not reliable.

Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at Bond University in the January semester 2017.

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

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 initially helped with my decision to study at Bond was that I would be part of the first courses in Australia to study sustainability as a degree. Studying in a sustainable education centre also intrigued me. Additionally, I liked that Bond offered a diversity that other universities did not. Having met so many international students, and networking with a diverse range of students in class also helped me develop a better understanding of what I wanted to do after university. Having met so many people from different walks of life helped open my eyes to different possibilities.  Show more

"What initially helped with my decision to study at Bond was that I would be part of the first courses in Australia to study sustainability as a degree. Studying in a sustainable education centre also intrigued me. Additionally, I liked that Bond offered a diversity that other universities did not. Having met so many international students, and networking with a diverse range of students in class also helped me develop a better understanding of what I wanted to do after university. Having met so many people from different walks of life helped open my eyes to different possibilities. 

The curriculum at Bond helped build a foundation for the work that I’m doing now. I understood how budgets worked, the background to how we estimate a project and how to schedule a project. The lecturers made the effort to help facilitate me in any work I was doing. I had lecturers review drafts of assignments and I had classmates that I did study sessions with.

I currently work as a client representative at CBRE in New York as a Cost Consultant (Quantity Surveyor/Client Representative) regarding finances on construction projects. My main responsibilities are managing the finances of a construction project from inception to close out. I work closely with the Project Manager, design team and client on choosing the correct team for the job, I work on budgets and estimates to determine if the project can be completed within budget. During construction, I work closely with the General Contractor to manage all the finances coming in and out of the project.

The Bond experience was unlike any other university. It felt like a community being at Bond. We had social activities, groups and there were so many areas at Bond where friends would gather together and hang out. There was always somebody around to do something with. At Bond, it is really easy to find your community and it essentially feels like a home away from home, especially those of us who were from interstate or different countries. The main differences I noticed at Bond were: smaller class sizes, being able to finish my degree in two years, and the networking opportunities through Bond’s push to have internships during study.

I secured a placement through as student in my class. He was doing a Masters whilst working full time at Johnstaff (a managing consulting firm). I went for an interview, met the Director of Johnstaff at a Bond networking event, and was offered a placement shortly after. As an intern, I was essentially working as a Graduate Project Manager. I was assisting/shadowing the Project Manager in day to day activities, and learning more about what it meant to be in the role. I also learnt about the business as a whole. It was the best possible scenario as it helped me understand the intricacies not only of the Project Manager role, but how a business operates. I was offered a full-time position at Johnstaff after graduation!

I would definitely recommend studying at Bond. Having lecturers and so many resources available to you makes a huge difference in your university experience. There were so many industry connections and studying with people who were coming from such diverse backgrounds helped you double your resources. Through internships, you are able to have a more hands-on experience and it helps you understand what your future industry entails. The social aspect of studying at Bond is also very enticing. Your network expands overnight and no matter where you are in the world you’ll gave a fellow Bondie to help connect you with the right people in your industry." Show less