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Master of Planning

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM083

The Master of Planning is a two-year program that is designed to provide advanced coursework leading to professionally-accredited qualifications. The program has a strong foundation in ecological, social and economic sustainability as a basis for planning. It also emphasises skills in communication and collaboration with local communities and professional groups.

The program employs a combination of lectures, tutorials, intensive workshops and studio activity. Graduates should find employment in government and private practice.

  • Assessment

    In the Master of Planning program, assessment is based on project work rather than on examinations. Details of all assessment tasks and the weighting of each are contained in the course guide for each course. Some courses contain assessment hurdles. These are components that must be passed to pass the course overall. All assessment practices within the Master of Planning are based on and conform to the University’s assessment policy. Other information concerning assessment, including policies related to submission of work and how to apply for supplementary examinations and assignments, can be found on the School’s website and in the Student Handbook.

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  • Admission and Fee Information

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM083
    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,050
    Mid-year entry? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    A completed Bachelor's degree with at least a credit average.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants without a credit average in their undergraduate degree MUST submit a Curriculum Vitae to the School of Social Sciences (Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population), University of Adelaide.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM083

    International applicants

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    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 062044G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Equivalent Scores
    Additional Entry Requirements

    Applicants must submit a CV to the International Office.

    How to Apply

    International applicants applying with Australian year 12 results

    Not an international applicant applying with Australian year 12 results?

    Annual tuition fees International student place: $24,500
    Mid-year entry? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
  • Study Plans

    The study plans given are examples of pathways through this degree.

    Core courses

    To qualify for the degree of Master of Planning a candidate shall satisfactorily complete courses to the value of 48 units, as follows:


    EITHER 6 units of elective courses chosen from:

    Any other postgraduate course deemed appropriate by the Program Convenor

  • Career Opportunities

    Urban  and Regional Planning, Environmental Planning.

    Potential careers

    Planning Officer / Urban Planner

  • Graduate Attributes
    • Knowledge and practical skills required for professional practice in planning (as per Planning Institute of Australia's Accreditation Policy).
    • Knowledge of international, urban and regional planning practice.
    • Jnowledge of strategic planning processed including analysing, evaluating, and synthesising information from a range of sources in a systematic and timely fashion.
    • The potential to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions to current and future urban and regional problems.
    • Skills in the use of empirical, negotiated and collaborative approaches to the development of urban and regional strategies.
    • Skills in the written and oral presentation of ideas and information relevant to urban and regional planning/
    • Skills in the use of contemporary information collection, compilation and analysis techniques relevant to urban and regional planning.
    • Skills in community engagement.
    • Life-long learning abilities and intellectual curiosity in the domain of society-environment relations.
    • Understanding of professional and ethical conduct in urban and regional planning. 
    • An awareness of the diverse economic and socio-cultural issues around the world and their implications for urban and regional issues.
  • Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Planning has accreditation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

  • Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Course work Program Rules 

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2013


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