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Units in second semester 2020 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

Urban and Regional Planning

Masters by Coursework


Master of Urban and Regional Planning
1 year, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Learn principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners in this professional qualification.

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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.

Why study

  • 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.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career information

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
  • Development
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • 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

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline (other than planning) from a recognised tertiary institution.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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.

Advanced standing

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $700*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,800*
Total indicative course fee $45,000*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,900*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $700*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,400*
Total indicative course fee $45,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $30,800*

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).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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