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Urban and Regional Planning
Masters by Coursework
- Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year, 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Learn principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners in this professional qualification.
Fieldwork and practical exercises are integrated within the course content.
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Our planning and development courses deliver a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners.
In these courses you will learn to draw on environmental, economic and social factors to investigate, analyse and propose solutions to development issues within political, administration and legislative frameworks.
You’ll gain an understanding of planning laws and applications, and be encouraged to contribute to real-world projects.
As participatory approaches to planning are now considered vital to successful development, these courses emphasise addressing environmental, social and design issues that affect communities.
Flexible levels of study are offered. You can exit the degree at the graduate certificate level or complete the second level to gain a master degree. Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- This course promotes a balanced view towards: theory and practice; and local and global perspectives.
- Fieldwork, studios and practical exercises are integrated within the curriculum.
- The course will help you achieve core skills recognised by employers in the planning profession.
- This course is eligible for Income Support. Eligible students can access Youth Allowance, Austudy and the Pensioner Education Supplement.
This course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.
The future of planning and development
The future of planning and development is underpinned by the need for innovative thinking to plan, regulate and manage the environmental, economic and social impacts of development.
Urban and regional issues are collective, often having multiple stakeholders with differing requirements. We require new ways of approaching land use and resource problems – such as developing sharing and community economies, encouraging a social licence to operate, and innovating our democratic institutions.
Innovation in urban planning and development will also occur through technological advances. Smart technologies, big data and the Internet of Things are opening new ways of developing knowledge and seeing cities and regions. Apps and digital platforms such as gaming and VR provide new ways of experiencing place and help us organise the way we get around, through Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
- Land-use planning
- Local government
- Community engagement
What you'll learn
- disseminate and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
- think critically at the highest order to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues;
- critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning;
- communicate effectively at a high order which is both innovative and ground-breaking in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences (academic, professional and community);
- use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning;
- use learned skills to continue self-development and influence others in continued learning in the profession;
- have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives;
- recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
- work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests
Applicants for a Master Degree (Coursework) are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis. Typically applicants with a Bachelor or postgraduate degree with the 100 credits (or equivalent) content closely related to urban and regional planning will be allowed direct entry into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Applicants from degrees without urban and regional planning content will be able to apply for entry via the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning. Applicants with considerable work/life experience in urban and regional planning are able to apply for up to 33 percent credit value of the course or one year (whichever is the lesser) after completing the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Also offered in Study Period 2.
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2020
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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- Curtin course code: MC-URPLAN
- CRICOS code: 050344F
- Last updated on: December 6, 2019