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Master of Planning (Urban Design)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

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

SATAC Code 3CM084

CRICOS 062045G

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 3CM084
    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants who do not have a completed Bachelor of Architectural Design program from the University of Adelaide will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

    The portfolio should be of the applicant's own work (in hard copy or CD/DVD) demonstrating manual-graphic skills and ability through freehand drawing or sketches, skills in relevant design-related areas, as well as familiarity using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software package.

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    SATAC Code: 3CM084

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 062045G
    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 high credit average or higher + portfolio of work.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    A Curriculum Vitae and portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide. The Portfolio shall be printed on A3 paper in hardcopy or submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDFs in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicants contribution explained.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,875

    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.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    • Urban designer
    • Planner
    • Project administrator
    • Project manager.

    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 (Urban Design) 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 degree shares studios with the Master of Landscape Architecture and emphasises practical design studies as well as mainstream planning topics such as planning policy, theory and 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.

    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 and Analysis
    PROP 7000: Development and Construction
    ARCH 7034: Studio: Urbanism (M)
    PLANNING 7034: Planning Policy and Regulation
    LAW 7178: Planning Law
    Year Level 2
    Core courses LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
    ARCH 7042: Designing Research
    PLANNING 7035: Planning Theory and Practice
    GEOG 5002: Environmental Planning and Governance
    PLANNING 7030: Urban Design Project
    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, studio based design exercises, oral presentations and simulations of real life planning situations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment.  A capstone Urban Design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of urban design through a significant supervised study.

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Last updated: Thursday, 26 Oct 2017