Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Academic

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution can enter directly into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree in a non-related discipline will be granted entry via the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.

Work and Life

Work experience

Entry may be granted to applicants who do not have an academic qualification but who can demonstrate through professional work experience their capacity to successfully undertake this course. Entry to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning for students without undergraduate qualifications is via the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

This degree is designed to develop the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the planning profession. It examines the theoretical foundations of planning, it’s legislative and governance frameworks and develops practical skills required by planning practitioners in government agencies, the private sector and NGOs. It also teaches research skills and develops critical analytical capacities through the completion of a major piece of original planning research. Participation in projects that involve real planning issues and engagement with planning professionals prepare graduates for professional life.

Students will have opportunities to experience local, national and international examples of best and worst practice.

Urban and Regional Planning plays an important role in ensuring that the built environment operates in an efficient and effective manner and balances the demands of economic development, environmental conservation and social inclusion.

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for planning practice. The first year of the degree introduces planning theory, law and practice. It also imparts an understanding of land development, the functions and ethics of practice in the public and private sectors and the development of plans that serve the needs of government agencies and communities. Finally, students acquire critical analytical and research skills in preparation for the final semester of the degree which involves undertaking and presenting a piece of original research.

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the Masters:

  1. disseminate and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context
  2. think critically at the highest order to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues
  3. critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning
  4. communicate effectively at a high order which is both innovative and ground-breaking in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences (academic, professional and community)
  5. use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning
  6. use learned skills to continue self development and influence others in continued learning in the profession
  7. have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives
  8. recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
  9. work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership and negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests.

A career in planning can lead to a number of different opportunities in both the public and private sectors. For a long time, local government, specifically in Regional Australia has suffered from a lack of professionally trained planners.

The list of career opportunities includes (but is not limited to):

  • Local government planner
  • State government planner
  • Private planning consultant
  • Researcher or Academic
  • Development company
  • Regional development authority
  • Housing or transport agency
  • Environmental authority
  • Commonwealth Agency

An economic downturn is not likely to limit the need for employment of planners. In these times emphasis in the planning arena is much more focused on the provision of housing (affordable) and other welfare and social concerns.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning have undergone a major change in 2017.

The new proposed course structures will only be for new students from 2017 onwards and the current students will follow the old structure.

Recommended Study Pattern

Generally the course is fully planned in sequential progression. See the suggested study plans for full time and part time study below.

Master of Urban Regional Planning suggested full time study plans (PDF, 156Kb)

Master of Urban Regional Planning suggested part time study plans (PDF, 158Kb)

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Urban and Regional Planning, students must complete 11 subjects including a double subject (300 credit points):

  • 7 core subjects (200 credit points)
  • 4 optional subjects (100 credit points) either as offered by the teaching area or as approved by degree coordinator prior to the commencement of the options
  • Students must complete the award within 7 years.

Choose your subjects

Electives

In addition to the seven core units, students must complete four elective units selected from the Urban and Regional Planning electives listed below, or any approved OUA postgraduate unit.

Students must contact the Course Coordinator for approval of their elective units before enrolling (if outside the list provided).

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