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Bachelor of  Regional and Town Planning (Honours)

Program code: 2381
CRICOS code: 084716B


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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.

  • This program is for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning, and who want to undertake advanced study and a research project in Year 4.
  • Learn to balance the competing priorities for development with preservation of the natural environment, and gain the necessary skills to plan cities and regional towns.
  • Study key areas of successful development, including land use, transport, infrastructure, and urban design alongside real estate markets, investment, sustainability, community consultation and strategic long-term town planning.
  • Undertake planning projects that emphasise planning theory and design skills. You’ll work with industry, government and community partners on long-range planning and legislative frameworks on real-life developments.

Gain a qualification that comes with professional recognition. UQ’s Regional and Town Planning (Honours) program is fully accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Professional experience

    Gain industry insight

    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

    Be a leader

    When you graduate with a UQ honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader in your field. Many of our honours graduates continue their passion for research and knowledge by pursuing further postgraduate studies.

  • Alumni

    Outstanding graduates

    Many of the leading authorities in South East Queensland planning – across both public and private sectors – are UQ graduates. Employers recognise our program for delivering high-quality, experienced graduates who can think outside the box.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Internationalise your studies

    Put your planning and development studies in a global context and prepare for an international career by taking part in a two-week field trip to the Asia Pacific region. Or you may choose to undertake a global experience with one of UQ’s partner universities.

    Find out more

Career outcomes

Graduates are valued by employers for their breadth of knowledge and skills, and their ability to make environmentally, socially and economically sustainable decisions.

Urban development is one of the largest employers in the Australian economy, and you'll have the pick of a diverse range of graduate roles across the public and private sectors.

These include roles in:

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

Graduating with honours means you can also choose to further your research ambitions by enrolling in Master of Philosophy or PhD programs, both in Australia and internationally, where you can continue developing your research skills and make useful contributions to knowledge.

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  • 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 be able to study at a Vietnamese university and experience the culture while working toward my degree.” Heidi Duncan, BRTP(Hons)
    Senior Planner, Nexus Planning, UK
  • Alumni
    “There’s nothing better than driving around Brisbane and being able to point at the projects that you gained approval for, or seeing projects being built where you drafted the planning document that has facilitated that growth.” Chris Isles, BRTP(Hons)
    Executive Director, Planning, Place Design Group, and Australian Planner of the Year 2015


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


An applicant must have completed years 1 to 3 of the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning at UQ and have a GPA of 5.5; and

Satisfy the Executive Dean and Head of School that the applicant is qualified for admission.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) 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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) 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 (Honours). 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.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Professional memberships

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

  • Planning Institute of Australia

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 $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) for the 2020 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.


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

At the end of your third year in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning program you can apply to transfer to the honours program.

Applications need to be lodged via the mySI-net program change request page.

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