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COURSE

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

MC-URPLAN

TAUGHT BY: School of Design and the Built Environment

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year, 6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

300

About offering

Planners work with a range of stakeholders in urban and regional development to act in the public interest and deliver successful cities and regions. The need for equitable and sustainable cities and regions is all the more important given the challenges from climate change, population growth and growing social inequity. There is a range of issues that planners need to assess and consider when devising or evaluating plans – housing, ecological systems, community development, transport systems, urban design, economic development and more. 

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning caters to people who hold a degree in a discipline related to but other than planning, who want to enter a planning profession. The course will build on cognate knowledge and skills to provide you with a professionally accredited planning qualification. In this course you’ll learn the theoretical and practical dimensions of urban and regional planning. You’ll learn about planning systems and governance, contemporary urban and regional issues relevant to planners, and be exposed to view different industry and community perspectives. Electives will enable you to specialise in your own area of interest. You will design and conduct your own independent research enquiry. There are also opportunities for international and local field trips.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

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

Why study Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  • 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

Career opportunities

  • Local government planner
  • Private planning consultant
  • Researcher
  • State government planner.

Potential employers

  • Commonwealth agencies
  • Development companies
  • Environmental authorities
  • Housing agencies
  • Regional development authorities
  • Transport agencies.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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 as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

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.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

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:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2019

Student type Cost

Domestic

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.

$22,400*

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).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student fees for 2019

Fee year: 2019

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $720*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,700*
Total indicative course fee $44,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,500*

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $720*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,300*
Total indicative course fee $46,100*
Indicative year 1 fee $30,700*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-URPLAN
  • CRICOS code: 050344F
  • This offering was last updated on: 24/04/2019