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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Awarded by

    University of New England

  • Qualification

    Master's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

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Last modified: 10 Feb 2017

About this course

Offered online or on campus at the University of New England (UNE), this postgraduate Master of Urban and Regional Planning course will equip you with knowledge and necessary skills for professional employment.

You'll complete two trimesters of coursework units, followed by a full trimester research dissertation project that will develop your understanding of research methods and provide you with expert insight into your chosen specialisation.

This course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia, and graduates will be eligible for membership of the institute's Urban and Regional Planning Chapter.

  • Prerequisites


    To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, such as architecture, planning, environment or geography; OR
    • Hold a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (including at least one 500-level unit) from UNE, or an equivalent qualification (including at least one 500-level unit), and have achieved at least a Credit average in 48 credit points.

    International students from non-English-speaking countries must also provide evidence of their English language proficiency, such as TOEFL (550) or IELTS (overall score of 6; subtests 5.5).

    You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

  • Subjects

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    In this urban and regional planning course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units:

    • Masters dissertation
    • Economic change and urban development
    • Architecture and urban design
    • Urban living
    • Principles of development control
    • Population, health and environment
    • Applied research methods
    • Regional development: processes and policies
    • Access and mobility
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  • Why University of New England?

    Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.

    The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

    With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

    To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England.

This course enables graduates to pursue a number of different career paths and seek positions in the following areas and organisations:

Federal, state and local government departments; State and federal government departments involved with urban affairs; Consulting firms; Development companies; Environmental management; Transport; Heritage conservation; Regional prosperity and Higher-level policy advice and research roles

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

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


Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.



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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