Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Curtin University

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a one and a half year course. The first year of the course introduces students to planning theory and practice, law and urban design. It also introduces students to land development processes, the functions and ethical practices of government and private sector planning and the complex task of developing and implementing integrated plans that reflect state and local needs and interests. Finally, students develop research skills that they implement in the second year of the course when they undertake an original research project.

Course Fee:

Australian: $33,600
International: $44,800

Entry Requirements:

Applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis. Typically applicants with a Bachelor or postgraduate degree with the 100 credits (or equivalent) content closely related to urban and regional planning will be allowed direct entry into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Applicants from degrees without urban and regional planning content will be able to apply for entry via the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning. Applicants with considerable work/life experience in urban and regional planning are able to apply for up to 33 percent credit value of the course or one year (whichever is the lesser) after completing the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.


This course is underpinned by principles of sustainability and is designed to prepare graduates for planning practice. The first year of the course introduces planning theory and practice and includes the study of law, theory, plan preparation and urban design. It also imparts an understanding of land development, the functions and ethics of practice in the public and private sectors and the development of integrated plans that serve the needs of government agencies and communities. Finally, students acquire critical analytical research skills in preparation for the final semester of the course which involves the preparation and presentation of a piece of original research.

Subjects you can Study:

Urban and regional planning

Study Pathways:

Graduates may qualify for entry to Doctoral degrees.

Further information:

Curtin University course code: MC-URPLAN


This course satisfies the academic requirements for corporate membership with the Planning Institute of Australia.

Who for:

This course is designed for people with first degrees other than planning to develop the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the planning profession.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00301J

Related Careers:

Urban and Regional Planner,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Part time 3 years
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Full time 1.5 years

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