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Study Urban and Regional Development at Curtin

Urban and Regional Planning

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Arts (Urban and Regional Planning)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Address environmental, social and design issues concerning the community.

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Five star

Five star rating for overall experience, skills development, teaching quality and learner engagement.

(Good Universities Guide 2019)

Work experience

Undertake fieldwork on planning projects that help you learn core industry skills.

Urban and regional planners are committed to improving the ways cities and regions respond to current and future challenges.

In this degree you will learn how to balance public and private interests to improve the quality of life for everyone. You’ll help to develop a sustainable future for communities by learning the knowledge and skills that underpin innovative planning practices.

You’ll learn to consider a range of competing social, economic, environmental, legal and political dimensions to formulate strategies for sustainable land use and development. You’ll then implement those strategies through urban management and development control processes.

Each semester you can undertake fieldwork in planning projects that will help you learn core industry skills. Projects may be undertaken with Curtin’s industry partners (for example, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; City of Bayswater; and Public Transport Authority) – opportunities that can provide valuable linkages with future employers.

You may also be interested in overseas internships, fieldwork units and study tours – and explore how to apply your planning skills in various global and cultural contexts.

You can expect to graduate with knowledge and skills relating to land-use planning; design, economics and law; professional communication; and ethical and professional practices.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • This course promotes a balanced view towards theory, 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.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • All components of this course are based on the demands and skills required of the planning industry. You will undertake studio and field work, and complete practical planning projects every semester.
  • Through your field work you will learn core skills and knowledge recognised by employers in the planning profession. These fieldwork projects are often carried out in conjunction with our industry partners, exposing you to future employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in overseas internships, fieldwork units and study tours to investigate how your planning skills can be applied to different global and cultural contexts. 

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

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

Career information


  • Planner / planning designer
  • Developer
  • Planning consultant


  • Government
  • Local government
  • Building and construction
  • Regional development

What you'll learn

  • 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 to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
  • access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning
  • communicate effectively in written form, graphically and orally to various audiences (academic, professional and community
  • use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning
  • use learned skills to continue self-development in the profession
  • develop skills in managing and responding 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 negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising 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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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:

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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 $300*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,000*
Total indicative course fee $120,700*
Indicative year 1 fee $30,100*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $300*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,300*
Total indicative course fee $119,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $30,700*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. 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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