Master of Planning (Urban Design) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM084
CRICOS 062045G

Note: This program is currently unavailable.

Distinguish the spaces we all experience

Urban designers transform streets, squares, malls and other public areas to enhance community, cultivate culture and draw people.

They’re creative and strategic. They make sure the city areas experienced by residents, workers, shoppers and visitors are attractive, usable and safe.

What will you do?

Our Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. It gives you the skills and knowledge to design functional and attractive urban spaces. You will:

  • study the broad context of urban development and planning
  • understand urban design principles in depth
  • learn techniques for engaging communities in planning
  • consider environmental impacts and relationships
  • explore planning policy and law
  • apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and a major culminating design project.

Where could it take you?

You could use colour and texture to transform city squares and walkways. You might beautify buildings and clean city air at the same time with vertical gardens and living walls. Perhaps you’ll design spaces that encourage learning, play and socialising between strangers.

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 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM084
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    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.

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM084

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 062045G
    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 of Architectural Design degree from University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 of better (out of 7.0). Applicants who have not completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design degree at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a Portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    A Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural 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.

    **Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives.
    **/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,574

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $39,000


    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

    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 rewarding careers. Likely roles include as an 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
    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

  • 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 7015: Introduction to Urbanisation
    PLANNING 7033: Urban Design Principles
    GEOG 7016: 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 7002: Environmental Planning and Governance
    PLANNING 7030: Urban Design Project
    Note: Current students should refer to the following link for study plans and enrolments:


    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: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020