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Master of Planning

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

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

SATAC Code 3CM083

CRICOS 062044G

Urban planning is concerned with how we design, regulate and manage the cities, neighbourhoods and places in which we live our lives. As cities become larger and more complex and an increasing proportion of the world’s population lives in cities it is important that we manage their growth to provide a good quality of life for all residents, ensure employment opportunities, protect the natural    and historic built heritage and ensure they are resilient in the face of natural disaster threats and climate change. Planners’ central concern is to ensure that our cities are attractive places to live and work now and that they are sustainable into the future. The location of Planning within the School of Architecture and Built Environment means that the programs emphasise the importance of the design of spaces and places. Design literate planners are keenly sought after by many employers. The Urban Planning programs prepare students for work in government or the private sector both within Australia and elsewhere in the world.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM083
    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide MUST submit a Curriculum Vitae to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

    Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide, but who have not achieved a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and academic transcript to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM083

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 062044G
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    International Qualifications Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a credit average or higher.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must provide a Curriculum Vitae.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,350

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    • Urban and regional planning
    • Environmental planning.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

    Potential careers

    Planning Officer / Urban Planner

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    The Master of Planning provides a broad-based education in planning covering urbanisation, policy, theory, practice and planning law.

    The urban development process is a central area for study. This prepares students for negotiation with developers and landowners. Community consultation is also emphasised as a key skill in achieving successful outcomes in urban planning.

    The program includes some elective choice which allows students to pursue topics of interest chosen from a broad spectrum of courses in architecture, geography and property studies.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year level 1
    Core Courses GEOG 5093 Introduction to Urbanisation
    PLANNING 7033 Urban Design Principles
    GEOG 5094 Engaging Communities: Techniques & Analysis
    GEOG 5002 Environmental Planning and Governance
    PLANNING 7034 Planning Policy & Regulation
    LAW 7178 Planning Law
    + the choice of one 3 unit elective from the list below.
    Year level 2
    Core Courses ARCH 7045 Development Studio
    GEOG 5010 Research Methods
    PLANNING 7035 Planning Theory & Practice
    GEOG 5505 Planning Dissertation
    ARCH 7043 Final Architecture Project
    + the choice of one 6 unit elective from the list below.
    Electives 9 units of elective courses chosen from:
    GEOG 5003 Environmental Impact Assessment
    GEOG 5004 Environmental Economics and Policy
    GEOG 5006 People and Environment in the ASIA Pacific Region
    GEOG 5008 Ethics in Environmental Policy and Planning
    GEOG 5009 Regional Planning
    GEOG 7091 Sustainable Cities: Climate Change and Planning
    GEOG 7092 Sustainable Cities: Planning for Climate Change
    ARCH 7034 Studio: Urbanism
    PLANNING 7028 Design Communication
    PROP 7000 Development and Construction
    PROP 7001 Property Research and Marketing
    Any other postgraduate course deemed appropriate by the Program Coordinator.
    Note: Current students should refer to this link for study plans and enrolment details.


    Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, short in class exercises, oral presentations and simulations of real life planning situations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone research dissertation, following an introduction to research methods, allows students to demonstrate their mastery of planning through a significant supervised study of their own choice.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 26 Oct 2017