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Overview

Gain an appreciation of the historical and theoretical dimensions of urbanism and design and extend your core skills in the design and formulation of urban projects. You will develop leadership and expertise with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation. The University of Sydney's Urban Design program recognises that urban designers work at the nexus of aesthetic, economic, political and technical fields, and prepares you for professional practice in this exciting, multifaceted and increasingly valuable field. The Urban Design program was one of the first in Australasia and has built an excellent reputation, producing skilled graduates who work around the world in design, management and teaching roles. It continues to develop leadership and expertise in urban design and urbanism, with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation. At its core are studio projects that address emerging design issues, and supporting units are available to cover essential morphological, ecological, cultural and other dimensions of urbanism. "At the Master level you may choose to complete the core Master of Urban Design course, or combine it with one of two available streams: urban design and planning or heritage studies. The Urban Design program at the University of Sydney is the only professional training program in Urban Design to offer you enriched specialisations, giving you additional training and expanding the scope of your employment opportunities. The Urban Design program is available as a Master degree (1.5 years), a Diploma (1 year) and a Graduate Certificate (6 months).

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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. 

Please note that students may commence studies in Semester 2, however some courses are only available in part-time capacity due to the units on offer.

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 (March) or 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. 

Please note that mid-year entry to this course is not available.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

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 (March)  

What you'll study

Unit of Study information on faculty page
Study plan
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Urban Design complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of four core units of study (36cp) including two 12cp studio units, and two elective units of study (12cp) offered by the faculty, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Units of Study

Capstone (compulsory project)

Admission requirement

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Urban Design requires an undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, town planning, urbanism, geography or a related field or completion of the requirements of the embedded Graduate Certificate with a WAM of at least 65. Based on the applicant's undergraduate performance, the Program Director reserves the right to require a portfolio of work indicating relevant design interests and capabilities for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Urban Design. A portfolio should only be provided if requested by the Program Director.

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Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Career Pathways

The course will prepare graduates for a career as an urban designer. Urban designers take into consideration a project's purpose, size and geographic data in their design recommendations. Working with private companies or public agencies, urban designers may be responsible for surveying land for a new housing complex, expanding a medical facility or developing a subway system. Urban designers may also participate in educating civic leaders and the public about the details of the projects scheduled for their communities.

Domestic students

International students

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