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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Overview

Graduate confident and well prepared for work, with skills gained through a program designed in consultation with industry to provide you with the ideal balance of theoretical content and practical experience.

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is designed for recent graduates in any field, and for established planning professionals.

For your two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll select from more than 20 courses, providing you with advanced knowledge of strategic structural and statutory approaches to improve built and natural environments. You'll address current problems facing cities and discuss the needs and capabilities for the future.

Courses cover the legislative frameworks controlling land use, address key issues in resource management and environmental planning, examine the role of communities in planning processes, and explore the design dimension of urban planning.

You can develop your problem-solving skills during the Planning Practicum course, undertake 200 hours of workplace experience in a planning organisation in Australia or overseas, or take the Understanding Development Complexities course to explore poverty alleviation, governance structures and the “politics of aid” on a 2-week field trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

See the work of our planning academics and students via the UQ Urban Planning Blog.

UQ graduates are sought after by employers for their ability to make environmentally, socially and economically sustainable decisions, and can expect to find employment in a variety of roles in both public and private sectors.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5559
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41040 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5559
CRICOS Code
077535K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from Australia’s best planning practitioners in a program recognised by employers as delivering high-quality, job-ready graduates.
  • Tailor your program to match your career goals through practical and flexible elective courses.
  • Benefit from collaborative learning spaces, such as the $1.5 million Planning Studio, that allow you to integrate maps, plans and computers while working together as a group and with external bodies to address real planning challenges.

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Strategic Planning: Theory & Practice
  • Climate Change & Environmental Management
  • Community Planning & Participation
  • Applied Demography
  • Transport Planning
  • Planning Practicum

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Urban planner
  • Regional planner
  • Urban engineer
  • Heritage conservation officer
  • Resource manager
  • Transport planner
  • Strategic land use planner
  • Statutory planner
  • Regional development officer
  • Development assessment officer

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (postgraduate)

$72K–$84K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$76K–$87K

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Program accreditation

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is accredited by:

  • Planning Institute of Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in any field; or

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in any field; or

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 4.5 or above on a 7 point scale.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning may be eligible to receive Commonwealth Government income support payments. Please contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,040

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,160

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • Semester 1 - Monday before semester 1 commences. Contact School for details.
  • Semester 2 - Monday before semester 2 commences. Contact School for details.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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