GD067 - Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management

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Plan: GD067P14 - Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management
Award abbreviation: GradDipIntlUrbEnvMan
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 1 year FT or 2 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
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ASCED code: 040103
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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environment Management program (GD067) program will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning in urban and environmental management in a broad range of international contexts.

The courses offered through program provide students with advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in urban and environmental management in cities and regions in rapidly urbanising nations.

The course content and delivery of the program focuses on:

1.    The socio-economic and environmental challenges of rapid urban growth and sprawl.

2.    The metabolism of cities, including flows of food, water and energy.

3.    The challenges of global climate change and dependency on fossil fuel.

4.    The application of urban and environmental knowledge and management in specific local contexts.

5.    The Asia-Pacific region, including specialisation in particular locations.

Graduates of this program are capable of making high level, independent judgements in relation to environmental and urban management functions in varied institutional contexts. They have the ability to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate urban and environmental management initiatives and projects and act with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others. Graduates work in Australia and internationally in policy development, planning and program management roles, and engage in professionally relevant practical projects with national and local governments, international development
agencies, commercial consultancies and non-government organisations. Past graduates have worked for organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, UN Habitat, Engineers Without Borders, local or national governments, and many private consultancies.

The program may be taken on campus or online; all core courses, and some electives, are offered fully online.

As part of the program, you will be able to participate in study tours, international intensive courses, and/ or exchanges with a range of partner institutions. A simulated capstone experience is provided in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. The program also provides opportunities for you to undertake study tours or exchange programs outside Australia.

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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management is available as an exit award of the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management (MC222) upon completion of the first year of the program (96 credit points) including core courses. If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management (GD067), you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related Masters programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

The Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management (GD067) is available as an exit award only. Applicants must apply for the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management (MC222).

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in International Urban and Environmental Management (GD067) may be eligible to become a member of Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand Inc . Membership provides benefits such as networking opportunities, access to professional events at discounted rates and access to industry communications, which are relevant to career development.

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies has many close links with a number of international organisations, industry partners and universities which take a variety of forms. Academics in the Sustainability and Urban Planning discipine are industry practitioners, maintaining strong linkages within the contemporary environmental management and urban planning industry and respective departments at all levels of government. The program invites external industry, NGO, academic and government experts as guest lecturers to provide further exposure to current developments in the field.

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of high profile industry and government representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

Graduates of the program have successfully gained employment with international organizations such as UN Habitat, non-governmental organisations and consultancy firms over a period of 10 years and are successfully working in Australia, other parts of Oceania, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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