Postgraduate

Master of Urban
and Regional Planning

Urban and regional planners prepare plans and policies at a range of levels including national, state, regional, local, precinct and site. They are also involved in the private sector, working for property developers and real estate entrepreneurs.

Acquire specialised knowledge in environmental design and strategic planning for well-structured cities, along with the sustainable management of towns and cities. This program focuses on fostering an understanding of the ways that cities and sites are constructed physically, socially and environmentally.

You will develop the professional communication skills, reasoning and analytical processes required to make valuable contributions to the policy, technical and regulatory aspects of urban and regional planning.

A specialisation is also available by selecting from the range of options offered in the Heritage Conservation stream. The program is a member of the United Nations Habitat University Network Initiative.

Course Details

Course name Credit points Duration
Master of Urban and Regional Planning 72 1.5 years
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
(Heritage Conservation)
72 1.5 years
Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning 48 1 year
Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning 24 0.5 year

Why choose this course?

This course is for graduates seeking a professional education in urban and regional planning and for those in the field who wish to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills.

What will you achieve?

The program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership in the institute.

Modes of study

Part-time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents. You can also take individual units as continuing professional development short courses without enrolling in a degree.

Urban and Regional Studies may also be taken as a major stream within the two-year Master of Urbanism program.

Indicative Course
Progression

    First Year

    Semester One

  • The aim of PLAN9063 Strategic Planning and Design is to provide students with grounding in the core knowledge and skills needed to practice as a contemporary planner.

    A key emphasis in the unit is understanding the skills needed to undertake strategic planning at a range of levels (both process and content).

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  • Module one enables students to understand how the main concepts and practices of urban planning and development have evolved; appreciate different perspectives about the roles and purposes of planning; undertake basic historical research about Australian urban planning and development issues, and prepare basic stories and arguments about practical planning issues and current theories.s.

    There is a strong emphasis on enriching the ability of students to better appreciate urban form, structure and planning practice generally by analysing such form, structure and process through the lens of history (as 'snapshots' in time), and the understanding planning drivers that shape and express such urban change.

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  • This introductory unit of study will provide students with the necessary skills to participate effectively in the urban design studios and will include site, spatial and public domain analysis, map and plan reading, visual, verbal and written communication techniques, and basic computer-based 3 dimensional modelling and numerical analysis.

    This unit will introduce students to the objectives and principles of urban design by analysing a number of public spaces, the spaces between buildings and the public domain and urban conditions in Sydney.

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    First Year

    Semester Two

  • The aim of PLAN9045 Economics for Planners is to introduce the key economic theories, processes and techniques used by contemporary urban planners.

    The Unit of Study has two parts. In the first part of the unit, students are introduced to the economic drivers shaping city and regional development outcomes, and the location and form of different land uses and how they evolve.

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  • This unit is primarily concerned with planning, land use and infrastructure within the built environments. It emphasises conceptual knowledge, with examples and case studies to demonstrate the application of concepts in practice.

    Students are encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically in developing understanding and practical knowledge about environmental planning at the metropolitan and local level. This unit is in two modules, each of which is assessed.

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  • This introductory unit of study will provide students with the necessary skills to participate effectively in the urban design studios and will include site, spatial and public domain analysis, map and plan reading, visual, verbal and written communication techniques, and basic computer-based 3 dimensional modelling and numerical analysis.

    This unit will introduce students to the objectives and principles of urban design by analysing a number of public spaces, the spaces between buildings and the public domain and urban conditions in Sydney.

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    Second Year

    Semester One

  • The planning report is a substantial piece of research conducted over one semester. It takes the form of report (between 10,000 and 12,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice and/or maybe based on a priority thematic topic agreed with a local Council in the Sydney metropolitan area.

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With the permission of Program Director, any unit from a postgraduate course in the University

For students seeking a two-year, 96 credit point program,
please refer to the Master of Urbanism.

Student Profiles

    Anna Kaskanlian

    Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Second Year)

    “I’ve always been interested in the built environment but have a humanities background. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning allows me to combine my undergrad skills with a practical master’s degree that will result in an industry-recognised qualification.

    The Urban Planning department offers a variety of extracurricular activities and opportunities, like the Festival of Urbanism, units of study that involve overseas travel (for example, the recent international development trip to Indonesia), exhibitions of student work, and teachers who are always happy to foster links between industry and students through university-run events and in their spare time.”

Meet Our
Program Director

MASTER OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING

Dr Paul Jones

Research Interests

The nature and forms of informal urbanism - Asia and Pacific
Governance and urban planning and management systems
The characteristics of Pacific squatter and informal settlements

Paul Jones came to the Urban and Regional Planning and Policy Program on a full time basis at the beginning of 2011 with diverse experience as a planning practitioner, and an excellent academic record. Paul is an urban development and management practitioner with 30 years professional experience in developing sustainable urban management, urban development and planning solutions in Australia and overseas.

In the above setting, Paul has been working on the conceptualization, design and institutional strengthening associated with urban management and urban development projects in the Pacific Region.

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