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Master of Urban Development and Design

Overview

Study our Master of Urban Development and Design and put yourself at the forefront of reimagining our urban fabric.

We address the design of cities from multiple perspectives to give you a contemporary and integrated view on how to make them better places to live and work.

Our aim is to redefine urban design to go beyond solving problems, towards understanding cities in creative ways and imagine different futures. We want to inspire the right minds to lead the way.

The majority of the world’s population live in cities, and with limited resources and significant climate change, there is a growing demand for urban designers specifically trained to understand and look at cities strategically and holistically.

Urban design is a term often borrowed by other specialists as an add-on to their core service. At UQ, we see urban design as its own expertise that includes the ability to engage with decision-makers and lead change.

This is a new degree for a new kind of designer, taught by leading academics and industry professionals. It combines project-based design studios with opportunities to develop expertise in the field of Infrastructure and Resources, People and Policy, or Economics and Strategy.

To ensure you have the right skills to enter this transdisciplinary field of design you'll study courses from across a range of disciplines, including architecture, civil engineering, planning, policy, economics and business leadership.

Wherever you are positioned in your career, you’ll look at urban development and design from a different angle and be uniquely placed to design creative solutions to make our cities more efficient, sustainable and meaningful.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5722
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$40640 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5722
CRICOS Code
0102136
AQF
Level 9

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Economics and Strategy
  • Infrastructure and Resources
  • People and Policy

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Studios
  • 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:

  • Urban Design: Urban Futures
  • Contemporary Urbanism Theory and Practice
  • Urban Design: Responsive Environments
  • Managing Organisational Behaviour

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Urban designer
  • Community engagement consultant
  • Landscape architect
  • Urban strategist
  • Design advisor

Mid-career salary

Urban Designer

$69K–$104K

payscale.com

Late-career salary

Urban Designer

$71K-$158K

payscale.com

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale OR
a degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale and 6 months full time postgraduate work experience. Relevant fields include Architecture/Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional and Town Planning or Urban Planning.

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.5 on a 7 point scale OR
a degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in a relevant field with a GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale and 6 months full time postgraduate work experience. Relevant fields include Architecture/Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional and Town Planning or Urban Planning.

Related programs

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

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Urban Development and Design 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

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Economics and Strategy

Economics plays an essential role in the development of urban environments. 

In this field of study, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in the multidisciplinary teams that manage and build large-scale city development projects.

Courses explore micro and macro-economics and property development.

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Infrastructure and Resources

In this field of study, you’ll explore how traveller behaviour affects city design and develop the skills to implement sound environmental management practices in urban developments to make our cities more efficient and sustainable. 

With a focus on transport systems and the sustainable use of resources – particularly water management – this field of study concludes with an advanced course in climate change.

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People and Policy

Understanding the ways in which people occupy cities is crucial to urban development and design. 

In this field of study, you’ll explore human geography and population issues, and develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which cities are developed and governed for and with people.

You can undertake courses exploring community participation in planning, the dynamics of governance, and the psychology of health, among others, and graduate with the skills to contribute to city designs that are both meaningful and efficient.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Economics and Strategy

Economics plays an essential role in the development of urban environments. 

In this field of study, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in the multidisciplinary teams that manage and build large-scale city development projects.

Courses explore micro and macro-economics and property development.

View

Infrastructure and Resources

In this field of study, you’ll explore how traveller behaviour affects city design and develop the skills to implement sound environmental management practices in urban developments to make our cities more efficient and sustainable. 

With a focus on transport systems and the sustainable use of resources – particularly water management – this field of study concludes with an advanced course in climate change.

View

People and Policy

Understanding the ways in which people occupy cities is crucial to urban development and design. 

In this field of study, you’ll explore human geography and population issues, and develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which cities are developed and governed for and with people.

You can undertake courses exploring community participation in planning, the dynamics of governance, and the psychology of health, among others, and graduate with the skills to contribute to city designs that are both meaningful and efficient.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,640

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Urban Development and Design for the 2021 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

AUD $32,160

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Urban Development and Design at 2021 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.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. See the fee for a CSP in this program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

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FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Urban Development and Design 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

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:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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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