Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Master sustainable planning skills
Gain the ideal balance of advanced theory and practical experience. You’ll tackle planning problems and strive to improve built and natural environments. Designed in consultation with industry and recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
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For more than a century, The University of Queensland (UQ) has delivered knowledge leadership for a better world. The most prestigious and widely recognised rankings of world universities consistently place UQ among the world's top universities. UQ has also won more national teaching awards than any other Australian university. This commitment to quality teaching empowers our 56,000 current students, who study across UQ’s three campuses, to create positive change for society.
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- Learn from Australia’s best planning practitioners in a program recognised by employers as delivering high-quality, job-ready graduates.
- Tailor your program to match your career goals through practical and flexible elective courses.
- Benefit from collaborative learning spaces, such as the $1.5 million Planning Studio, that allow you to integrate maps, plans and computers while working together as a group and with external bodies to address real planning challenges.
- Urban planner
- Regional planner
- Urban engineer
- Heritage conservation officer
- Resource manager
- Transport planner
- Strategic land use planner
- Statutory planner
- Regional development officer
- Development assessment officer
To be eligible for entry, you'll need:
- a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
- a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in urban and regional planning, or
- to have successfully completed at least 3 years of study towards an approved qualification at an overseas partner institution, with a formal pathway to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants must satisfy the UQ English language proficiency requirements for admission.
If you've completed previous study, you may be eligible to receive credit for – or exemption from – certain subjects in a UQ program. Assessment of prior learning and the granting of credit or exemption will be consistent with the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (limits in section 2.4).
Urban and regional planning is about improving the quality of cities and regions. Professional planners assist communities, companies and governments to integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development from small sites up to whole regions. Planning deals with strategic work (long-range planning) as well as structural and statutory components in relation to built and natural environments and the legislative framework controlling land use. Accordingly, planning is closely allied with commerce, government, sociology, communities and the ecology disciplines.
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning was the first masters level program in Queensland to be recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). It produces professionally competent graduates, familiar with the concepts, ideas and techniques of planning. Courses typically emphasise the acquisition of skills through small scale exercises or practical project work but fits these within a wider intellectual framework of design and public policy. Opportunities are available for a research investigation through an advanced research project.