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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

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  • Awarded by

    Curtin University

  • Qualification

    Master's Degree

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration

    11 units

  • Start Date

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Last modified: 07 Feb 2017

About this course

The Urban and Regional Planning course examines the theoretical foundations of planning and relevant legislative and bureaucratic frameworks. It also develops practical skills suitable for planning practitioners in government agencies or the private sector. The program teaches research skills and as a student of the certificate you will develop your critical and analytical capacity. All units are based on inter-disciplinary knowledge, techniques and practices, and address environmental, social and design issues. This program is ideal for anyone looking to further their education of the planning industry.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Urban and Regional Planning program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period. Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.

  • Prerequisites


    You will need an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognised tertiary institution or professional work experience and training.

  • Subjects

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    Studying this Master of Urban and Regional Planning, you will study:

    • Planning law
    • Regional planning
    • Development processes
    • Planning theory
    • Introduction to urban and regional planning
    • Local planning
    • Integrated plan making
    • Planning research methods
    • Planning dissertation

    As well as two electives from the following:

    • Planning for sustainability
    • Transport planning
    • Project management
    • Planning for housing
    • Landscape planning and heritage
    • Participatory planning
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  • Why Open Universities Australia?

    For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online. OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.

    Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

    The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University.

There is a chronic shortage of planners in Australia due to unprecedented growth and availability of wealth in both the public and private sectors. Local government in particular is suffering from a lack of professionally trained planners. Professional bodies including the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) are encouraging education and training courses leading to the supply of qualified planners and the Federal Government is encouraging migration of planners from other parts of the world to address the shortfall. Delays in the development industry are being blamed in part for the shortage of qualified planning staff. The economic downturn is not likely to limit the need for employment of planners. In these times emphasis in the planning arena is much more focused on the provision of affordable housing and other welfare and social concerns.

Wondering where a career in architecture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Environmental Researcher
  • Community Developer
  • Urban Planner
  • Regional Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Manager
  • Planning Manager
  • Local Government Planner


If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP.


You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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