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Overview

This program is a pathway to an exciting and rewarding career in the built environment field. On completion you will have acquired an evidence-based education in the design, service provision and operation of buildings in a sustainable manner"an area with increasing economic and environmental importance and career opportunities. With extensive experience analysing and controlling the physical phenomena affecting buildings, practitioners of Architectural Science have a profound impact on the function, aesthetics and efficiency of architectural spaces. As the world's population becomes increasingly urbanised and buildings continue to tie up 40 percent of our energy costs, high performance buildings are more important than ever. The challenge is to reduce the energy consumption and maintenance costs of large buildings, while ensuring a comfortable and productive environment for occupants. To achieve these goals, the industry requires a new type of professional an expert with specialised skills in the optimisation of new and existing buildings for the best design and delivery of services. This degree is designed to equip you with the professional skills to ensure maximum operational efficiencies, optimal comfort and health outcomes for occupants of corporate and residential environments. It looks to close the gap that exists between the designers, construction teams and facility managers in building projects, using an integrated approach to address the needs of the property industry from a longer term perspective. The High Performance Buildings stream will integrate the various components of the built environment namely: * Architectural and Building Services - design and operations; * Sustainability with emphasis on passive and active means of minimising greenhouse gas emissions; * Facility Management - both strategic and operational; and * Property Economics - highlighting Return On Investment (ROI) principles. More detail on the Program (including course planner, credit request forms and timetable links) can be found at the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning home page .

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year 

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year (part-time is not available to international student visa holders)

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Capstone (compulsory project)

Admission requirement

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate will have bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the Head of School and Dean may admit applicants without the preceding qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Head of School and Dean or nominee to be equivalent. Students may apply to upgrade at the completion of their program from the Graduate Certificate, to the Diploma or Masters with a weighted average mark of at least 70 across all the units attempted for the award. Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.

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Career Pathways

The Graduate Certificate of Architectural Science (High Performance Buildings) will begin your journey to work in a specialised capacity in the fields of building services, architectural practice, business, sustainable design, commercial development, property management and more. The Graduate Certificate course often leads to further study in this field.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.