Urban planning courses

Help develop public spaces, from parks to shopping centres and train stations.

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Introduction to Urban planning

What do your local park, train station, shopping centre, and recreation facilities have in common? They were all developed with the input of urban planners.

Completing an urban planning degree online through Open Universities Australia will get you workplace-ready and give you the skills to help shape your town or region for the future.

Scroll down to compare your study options with leading universities. Whether you’re here to get qualified for the first time, or looking to steer your career in an entirely new direction, you can count on us for unbiased course, fee and university advice.

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Online urban planning subjects and short courses

Curtin University


Rural Geographies

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 27 May 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Enrolments open until 30 May

University of Tasmania


Reserve System Planning

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 03 Jun 2024

Next enrolment closes 26 May

University of South Australia


Development Regulation

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Next enrolment closes 16 Jun

La Trobe University


Introducing Plan Making

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

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Online urban planning degrees

University of Queensland

Theory and practice for sustainable planning

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

La Trobe University

An introduction to planning with a focus on the environment

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of Southern Queensland


Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

Plan cities, regional and rural areas in Qld and NSW

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Curtin University


Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Fully accredited by the national professional body for planners, the Planning Institute of Australia

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 52 ways to study urban planning with leading Australian universities.

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What is an urban planner?

If done well, you’ll hardly notice the influence of an urban planner—but their work shapes the places around us, from public parks to train stations. 

Meet Michael, our local changemaker

What does an urban planner really do? Michael breaks down the job, and what it takes to see success in the industry.

Piece together your future city with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The typical urban planning student is somebody who isn’t satisfied with the status quo. Are you driven to improve the built environment that surrounds you?

Determined to create a better world? Become an Urban Planner

Urban planning affects our lives in a profound way. If you're determined to improve society's everyday experience, read on.

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