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.

  • Why study

    Relocation bursaries

    Relocation bursaries are available for students commencing the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning program in Semester 1, 2018 who are relocating to Brisbane from outside the SE Queensland region. 

    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
  • 702002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Entry requirements


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English.

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:

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