Master of Planning (Urban Design) with Master of Landscape Architecture


Contribute to urban innovation

Urban designers and landscape architects work with natural and built environments engaging with natural systems and human cultures—as a creative and contemporary practice, it is always evolving. They design and upgrade our parks, streets, squares and waterfronts. They’re responsible for creating functional, beautiful, sustainable and safe sites that enhance communities, cultivate culture and draw people in.  

The program is accredited by the Australia Institute of Landscape Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.

What will you do?

Our Master of Planning (Urban Design) with Master of Landscape Architecture has a strong focus on practical design studies. You will:

  • explore ecological issues and the broad context of urban development
  • establish positions on current disciplinary, social and environmental issues
  • learn to work with advanced ecological and landscape technologies
  • build techniques for engaging communities in planning
  • share design studios with students across the School of Architecture and Built Environment
  • propose and complete major urban planning and landscape architectural projects.

Where could it take you?

You might:

  • work in government or private practice finding solutions to pressing societal challenges
  • begin the journey to registration as an RLA (Registered Landscape Architect)
  • collaborate with engineers, architects, policy-makers, artists and others in the design professions
  • design exterior spaces at a variety of scales and for various clients and users, both public and private, from innovative playgrounds, dynamic waterfronts, thoughtful memorials and special-use gardens to local, regional and national parks and critical infrastructure projects.

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Career Readiness

With design-literate planners keenly sought by employers in government and the private sector, both in Australia and throughout the world, graduates are well equipped for diverse and rewarding careers. Likely roles include as a landscape architect, urban designer, planner, project administrator or 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

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

The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Potential careers

Landscape Architect, Planning Officer / Urban Planner

Degree Structure

The program 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.

The majority of the teaching activities are also based around design studios incorporating courses in advanced ecological and landscape technologies.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Year 1 LARCH 7028: Studio Cultures: Landscape Architecture (M)
GEOG 5093: Introduction to Urbanisation
PLANNING 7033: Urban Design Principles
ARCH 7034: Studio: Urbanism (M)
LAW 7178: Planning Law
PLANNING 7034: Planning Policy and Regulation
Year 2 GEOG 5094 Engaging Communities: Techniques and Analysis
PLANNING 7035: Planning Theory and Practice
LARCH 7032: Advanced Ecology (M)
LARCH 7029: Advanced Landscape Architecture Technologies (M)
PLANNING 7030: Urban Design Project
Year 3 LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
ARCH 7042: Designing Research (M)
ARCH 7020: Professional Practice (M)
LARCH 7033: Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)


Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, short in-class exercises and oral presentations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone landscape architecture and urban design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of landscape architecture and urban design through a significant supervised study.


This course has allowed me to understand the design process and principles of designing our cities.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023