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Bachelor of  Regional and Town Planning

Program code: 2063
QTAC code: 702002
CRICOS code: 001960K


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Develop the knowledge and skills needed to help communities, companies and governments integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development from site design to regional scale analysis.

  • Learn to balance the competing priorities for development with preservation of the natural environment as you gain the necessary skills to plan cities and regional towns.
  • Study land use, transport, infrastructure, and urban design as well as real estate markets, investment, sustainability, community consultation, and strategic long-term town planning.
  • Undertake planning projects that emphasise the application of planning theory and design skills, working with industry, government and community partners on real-life developments.
  • Gain a degree that comes with professional recognition. UQ’s Regional and Town Planning program is fully accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

UQ town planners and developers are leading professionals who ensure the affordability, sustainability and liveability of our communities and cities.

  • Employability

    Industry experience

    Students work on planning projects with industry partners in every year of the program, including with shopping centres, Delfin Lend Lease Springfield Lakes, Maroochydore Principal Activity Centre (PAC) Planning Scheme, and the Brisbane City Council.

  • Employability

    Apply for honours

    Students who have completed Years 1 to 3 in this program may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) and complete a research project and thesis in Year 4.

    Apply now
  • Beyond the classroom

    Internationalise your studies

    Enroll in field studies courses to Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong that focus on the development of cities and urban areas as well as the key issues facing different regions around the world.

  • Alumni
    "Definitely get practical experience during university to get ahead. UQ offers industry-focused planning projects in each year of your studies, plus the lecturers help link students with useful industry contacts." Coby Tomlins, Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning
    Director, SMARTA Planning, Sydney

Career outcomes

You will be entering a dynamic industry that improves the quality of life for people in cities and regions. As a UQ graduate, employers will seek your ability to make environmentally, socially and economically sustainable decisions. You could be employed in a variety of roles in the public and private sectors, including:

  • statutory or strategic planning
  • regional development
  • urban design
  • environmental management and monitoring
  • technology for planning
  • spatial planning
  • commercial and industrial development
  • engineering and architectural applications
  • heritage and conservation
  • land-use planning
  • planning law and practice
  • resource management
  • social planning
  • tourism
  • transport planning.

Students who graduate with honours can also choose to further their research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, both in Australia and internationally, where they can continue developing their research skills and make useful contributions to knowledge.

  • Alumni
    "Planning is a great profession, and needs energetic people who want to make a difference to our cities and how we are going to live in the future." Chris Isles, Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (1999)
    Executive Director of Planning, Place Design Group
  • Alumni
    "One of these best experiences during my time at UQ was taking part in a summer semester course in Vietnam. It was an exciting and enriching learning experience to discover the Vietnamese culture while working towards my degree.” Heidi Duncan, Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Hons) (2013)
    Town Planner, Arcadis
  • Beyond the classroom

    Get out in the field

    During your studies, you'll have the option of joining a two-week field trip to the Asia Pacific region, where you'll broaden your knowledge of planning. The trip is designed to put your studies in a global context and prepare you for an international career.

  • Students

    Hear from our staff and students

    Keep up to date with the work of our planning academics and students via the UQ Urban Planning Blog.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Planning Institute of Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning is accredited by:

  • Planning Institute Of Australia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,232
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

Apply now to QTAC Apply now to UQ

All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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