Master of Planning Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM083
CRICOS 062044G

Note: This program is currently unavailable.

Big picture thinking

Urban planning is about how we organise, regulate and manage our cities, neighbourhoods and buildings. With cities getting larger and more complex all around the world, it’s important we manage their growth in intelligent ways.

Planners make sure our cities are attractive places to live and work now, and sustainable into the future.

What will you do?

Our Master of Planning is an intensive, broad-based degree that builds knowledge and skills for the professional realm. It is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. You will:  

  • study urbanisation, policy, theory, practice and planning law
  • understand urban development processes in depth
  • consider resilience to natural disasters and climate change
  • explore techniques for engaging communities in planning
  • apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and an architectural design project.

Where could it take you?

You might write policy to guide long-term regional planning. You could work to protect and preserve natural and historic heritage sites. Perhaps you’ll renew declining urban areas or develop master plans for housing, transport or infrastructure.

Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3CM083
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    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.

    Higher Education Study A completed undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM083

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 062044G
    Intake February and July
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications A completed Bachelor degree from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0). 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.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,885

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $37,000


    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

    A degree in urban planning opens the door to a wide range of employment in both the public and private sectors, and is applicable in many countries. Graduates are well equipped to pursue careers in urban, regional and 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

  • 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 7015: Introduction to Urbanisation
    PLANNING 7033: Urban Design Principles
    GEOG 7016: Engaging Communities: Techniques and Analysis
    GEOG 7002: Environmental Planning and Governance
    PLANNING 7034: Planning Policy and Regulation
    LAW 7178: Planning Law
    PROP 7000: Development and Construction
    Year Level 2
    Core courses ARCH 7045: Development Studio
    GEOG 7009: Research Methods
    PLANNING 7035: Planning Theory and Practice
    GEOG 7019: Planning Dissertation
    ARCH 7043: Final Architecture Project
    + the choice of one 6-unit elective from the list below.
    Electives 6 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
    PROP 7001: Property Research and Marketing
    Any other postgraduate course deemed appropriate by the Program Director.
    Note: Current students should refer to the following 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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Last updated: Sunday, 26 Apr 2020