Master of Planning (Urban Design) (MPlan(UrbDes))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Special Notes

There will be no intake into this program in Semester 1 and Semester 2, 2024.

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program is designed to provide advanced coursework leading to professionally recognised planning qualifications with an emphasis on urban design. The program has a strong foundation in ecological, social and economic sustainability as a basis for planning. It also emphasises skills in communication and collaboration with local communities and professional groups.

The Master of Planning (Urban Design) is an AQF Level 9 Masters  qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of an advanced body of planning knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the complex interactions between land, society, the economy, the environment and the policy and regulatory frameworks that govern these.
  3. Display design, cognitive, communication, technical and research skills relevant to practice as a planning professional.
  4. Demonstrate a high level of ability to synthesise information and apply relevant theory in defining and solving complex urban design problems.
  5. Exercise critical skills and deep knowledge of planning and design issues to make professional judgements based on relevant evidence.
  6. Apply relevant skills to scope, plan and carry out a complex urban design task


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Planning (Urban Design)

There shall be a Master of Planning (Urban Design).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Planning (Urban Design), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 42 units
  2. Research equivalent courses to the value of 6 units in the form of a design project

Core Courses