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Overview

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is your pathway to the professional world of planning and is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Urban and Regional Planners develop specialised knowledge in environmental design and strategic planning for well-structured cities, including the sustainable management of towns and cities. This program focuses on developing an understanding of the ways that cities and sites are constructed physically, socially and environmentally.

You will develop the professional communication skills, reasoning and analytical processes required to make valuable contributions to the policy, technical and regulatory aspects of urban and regional planning. The teaching curriculum covers both Australian and international contexts.

A specialisation is also available by selecting from the range of options offered in the Heritage Conservation stream. The program is a member of the United Nations Habitat University Network Initiative.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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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. 

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 (March) 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

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) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning complete 72 credit points (cp) made up of at least six core units of study (48cp) and four elective units (24cp) from those available within the school, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling. Areas of study include history and theory in urban planning, planning procedures and planning law. All master's students will complete a planning report or planning dissertation.

Indicative course progression

Year 1
Unit code Unit of study Sem   CP
PLAN9063 Strategic Planning and Design 1 6
PLAN9068 History and Theory of Planning and Design 1 6
ARCH9100/ 
PLAN9061
Urban Design Foundations Studio or Planning Principles, Systems and Practice 1 6
  Elective 1 6
PLAN9045 Economics for the Built Environment 2 6
PLAN9064 Land Use and Infrastructure Planning 2 6
ARCH9100/ 
PLAN9061
Urban Design Foundations Studio or Planning Principles, 
Systems and Practice
2 6
  Elective 2 6    
Year 2
Unit code      Unit of study Sem   CP 
PLAN9018 Planning Report                                                                1 12
  Elective 1 6
  Elective 1 6


Credit points required per semester: 24
Indicative progression based on a 72 credit point master’s degree with a Semester 1 enrolment.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

This course is for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in human geography, design or related field seeking a professional education in urban and regional planning. It is also ideal for graduates of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments or for those working in the field who wish to expand their knowledge and skills. 

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership of the institute 

Future study options

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