Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The sustainable management of our cities and regions is one of the most pressing issues in the 21st century. Urban and regional planners are at the forefront of this challenge, working in government and the private sector to guide urban and regional change and to manage the social, environmental, and economic impacts of development. Specialist planners work in fields such as urban design, heritage conservation, and housing policy. The faculty’s urban and regional planning program provides the required knowledge and skills for professional planning practice within Australia. The program aims to introduce students to contemporary planning theories and debates while instilling professional expertise in key areas of planning practice. The program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA, formerly RAPI). Master’s graduates are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership of the PIA.

Course rules

 

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

Master of Urban and Regional Planning


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course Resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title

CG004

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

CF034

Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

CC034

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

CC034

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Heritage Conservation)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to student choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning
(c)
the Master of Urban and Regional Planning
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Streams

(1)
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is available in the following stream - Heritage Conservation.
(2)
Completion of a stream is not a requirement of the course.
(3)
Candidates wishing to transfer between streams should contact the Faculty student office.

6 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification.
(3)
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate with a WAM of at least 70.
(4)
Admission to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification with a credit average mark across all units; or
(b)
completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate with a WAM of at least 70.
(5)
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.

7 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in Table G.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning, a candidate must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a)
minimum 18 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
maximum 6 credit points of elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
minimum 30 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
maximum 18 credit points of elective units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, a candidate must complete 72 credit points including:
(a)
minimum 54 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
maximum 18 credit points of elective units of study.
(5)
Heritage Conservation stream:
(a)
minimum 48 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
minimum 18 credit points of optional units of study; and
(c)
maximum 6 credit points of elective units of study.
(6)
Core units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as optional or elective units of study.
(7)
Optional units completed in excess of the minimum requirements may count as elective units of study.

8 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2014 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.