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Bachelor of  Regional and Town Planning (Honours)

Program code: 2381
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Delivery location

St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 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.

  • 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 will work with industry, government and community partners on long-range planning and legislative frameworks 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.

  • Employability

    Industry experience

    Students work on planning projects with industry partners in every year of the program. Past students have worked with Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 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.

  • Alumni
    “There is 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) graduate (1999)
    Director, Place Design Group, and Australian Planner of the Year 2015

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 there is a diversity of roles available for graduates, across both 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.

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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Beyond the classroom

    Get out in the field

    During your studies, you'll have the option of going on 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.

  • 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) graduate (2013)
    Town Planner, Arcadis
  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The University of Queensland is ranked one of the world's top 100 universities, in major international rankings.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

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.

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,061
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) 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 over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. 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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