Why study the Master of Sustainable Leadership with UTS Online?

Become a catalyst for change and pave the way for a more sustainable future

Broaden your employability with universally essential transferable skills

Unifying science and leadership for ethical, accurate and reliable decision-making

100% online with support from enrolment through to graduation 

Who is this course for?

The UTS Online Master of Sustainable Leadership is designed for professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge of contemporary sustainability and develop leadership skills necessary for making informed decisions and enabling teams to initiate change. You might be looking to:

  • Strategically navigate complexities of sustainable energy through expert leadership
  • Develop effective communication and evidence-informed decision-making to lead teams confidently
  • Empower teams to drive long-term sustainable solutions
  • Influence policy and drive sustainable change through transformative best practices
  • Empower people across industries to take meaningful action on climate change
  • Acquire understanding of cutting-edge leadership and technology integration to overcome challenges
Learning outcomes
Evaluate emerging energy technologies

Be able to evaluate and justify the benefits and shortcomings of emerging energy technologies​

Analyse public policy impact on health

Be confident in evaluating the impact public policy has on the health and well-being of individuals

Empower communication strategies

Model effective and empowering communication strategies

Career-advancing leadership skills

Showcase and reflect on newly developed leadership skills to create a professional development profile for career progression and promotion

Relational skills for leadership

Build self-awareness in leading others and develop relational and communicative skills

To learn more about how these learning outcomes can help you advance your career, get in touch with our Student Enrolment Advisors.

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What you will study

The Master of Sustainable Leadership comprises 12 online subjects (72 credit points [CP] in total). 


Complete the following subjects (54 CP):

Shaping Policies for the Future (6 CP) 

This subject examines the impact of public policy on health and wellbeing, including evidence-based science policies in climate change mitigation, sustainable development, and population-level vaccination initiatives. It also explores the regulatory frameworks and governing bodies that shape the field of science globally. Through critical analysis, students gain an understanding of the complex decision-making processes involved in formulating public policies, which rely on scientific, economic, social, and political factors.

Science of Climate Change for Leaders (6 CP) 

This subject explores the scientific concepts of climate change, its impact on various industries and communities, and strategies to mitigate its effects. Students gain an understanding of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, global warming, and ocean acidification. They investigate the impact of climate change on human health, food production, and society. With this knowledge, students can lead change within their organisations and communities.

Sustainability Practices in Industry (6 CP)

Achieving a sustainable future requires collaboration across industry, government and business, with a combination of effort to achieve sector change. While sustainable and clean energy technologies will continue along the path towards mass adoption, interim solutions are needed to slow the impact our current practices have. This subject explores a range of sustainable practices that can be immediately implemented within industries such as manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare, in a transitional arrangement.

Science and Big Data (6 CP) 

Big Data is rapidly expanding, with estimates suggesting that global data creation will exceed 180 zettabytes by 2025. This subject examines the impact of Big Data on science and society, including methods for analysis and management, as well as ethical challenges for managers. It also explores how Big Data is transforming science and the critical challenges it poses in the context of Industry 4.0, such as interconnected data and privacy requirements.

Innovations in Energy (6 CP) 

This subject provides fundamental knowledge on emerging energy technologies, from clean energy conversion to energy storage, and explores how they can be implemented in mass adoption. It examines the transition from innovation to implementation and evaluates the economic, social, and scientific impacts of different energy technologies. Students can focus on a chosen energy innovation and take a multidisciplinary approach to gain the knowledge needed to participate in the rapidly evolving energy frontiers.

Leading People and Change (6 CP) 

This subject redefines leadership as a collaborative effort driving adaptive and responsible change with a focus on social justice and diversity, preparing graduates to be agents of global citizenship. Students learn to facilitate sustainable change through stakeholder consultation, building their relational, communication, and systemic understanding of organizational leadership. Emphasizing inclusive and trusting team environments, graduates are prepared to work effectively in diverse teams across various fields.

High Performance Science Leadership (6 CP) 

High Performance Science Leadership develops students' leadership capabilities by teaching them transferrable professional skills that empower others to perform at their best. Students learn how to create environments that inspire innovation and promote team engagement for long-term organisational success. This subject covers complex project management, change leadership in organisations, and working in both free and regulated scientific settings.

Communicating Science and Vision (6 CP) 

Science communication is the practice of informing and inspiring the public about scientific knowledge. This subject explores the essential elements of effective science communication and prepares students to communicate scientific concepts to non-expert audiences through a range of media. Students will practice techniques to tell engaging science stories, gaining highly transferrable skills for outward-facing leadership and advocacy roles where communication of complex ideas is essential.

Leadership in Action (6CP)

Leadership in Action is a master’s research project that enables students to apply their learning in the context of a current or future problem. Students choose their research topic and demonstrate their research planning and implementation skills using provided research tools. Students also showcase and reflect on the leadership skills they develop during the program. They can undertake work-integrated learning in their current role or use a leadership scenario to demonstrate how they will use their skills in the future.

Note: Most subjects at UTS are worth 6 CP (credit points) but this can vary across courses


Choose 18 CPs from a range of study areas:

  • Sustainable Energy: Sources and Systems (6 CP) 
Technology Management
  • Technology and Innovation Management (6 CP)
  • Digital Strategy: Aligning Business and Technology (6 CP)
Business Administration
  • Finance Fundamentals (6 CP)
  • Data-Driven Decision Making (6 CP)
  • Leading Organisational Change (6 CP)
Business Analytics
  • Delivering Customer Value (3 CP)
  • Applied Financial Management (3 CP)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (6 CP) 
  • Planning & Design Theory and Decision-Making (6 CP) 

Note: Depending on subjects completed, students may be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate from this suite of courses. To find out more, speak with an Enrolment Advisor.

Upcoming intakes

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year.
The diagram below shows all upcoming intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

Course information

Entry requirements

  • Completion of a UTS-recognised bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification,


  • a) Completion of any tertiary-level study,
  • and b) A minimum of two (2) years relevant science, industry, or sustainability-related work experience


  • A minimum of three (3 years) relevant science, industry, or sustainability-related work experience.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. 


English language requirements

English language requirements apply to both international and domestic students. Please refer to the UTS English language requirements for further information on how to satisfy the requirements for the course/s.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper-based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet-based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169. 

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

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To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

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Career outcomes

Studying UTS Online’s Master of Sustainable Leadership may lead to roles such as:

  • IP and Commercialisation Officer / Coordinator ​
  • Renewable Energy Leader​ 
  • Sustainability Manager​
  • Project Coordinator​ 
  • Sustainability Consultant​
  • Business Development Management (Energy/Sustainability)​
  • Corporate Sustainability Consultant​
  • Senior Sustainability Consultant ​
  • Team Leader 
  • Strategist
  • Technical Director
  • Design Leader
  • Planner
  • Banking Global Practice Specialist
  • Project Leader in Decarbonisation
  • Compliance Manager 

To learn more about career outcomes, download a course guide

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Meet our Course Director

"Our graduates will become leaders who define the future and shape policies for the benefit of all. They will develop advanced capabilities to lead with confidence in government, the community and industry."

Dr Parvez Mahmud
Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences;
Program Director, Master of Sustainable Energy and Master of Sustainable Leadership