Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

RMIT University

Urban and regional planning is more than just creating physical environments - it's a way of sustainably and equitably changing and shaping the world. Students learn to understand all the influences that affect the way we live, work, play and commute and the many other considerations involved in creating sustainable and liveable cities and regions. This course is suitable for anyone with a passion for geography, urban design, history, economics, politics or environmental studies. Students engage in key areas of planning including land use, transport, conservation and policy. While this course focuses on Melbourne and its surrounds, students are introduced to planning practices across the world. Students learn from and are involved in many real-life projects with leading practitioners. Students have the option of studying overseas in countries with progressive planning systems and participating in international study tours. In fourth year students undertake a placement.

Course Fee:

Australian: $99,840
International: $107,520

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL


Year 1 - By studying Australian society, politics and economics you will better understand the foundations of urban and regional planning. You will also cover the origins and development of planning principles and practices. Year 2 - You will focus on contemporary planning policies together with social science research methods, social planning, urban design and transport planning. Many students opt to study overseas for a semester in year 2. Year 3 - You will specialise in different areas of practice: planning law, regional planning, climate change adaptation, urban economics, natural resource management and planning at local government level. Year 4 - In your final year you will undertake a 60-day, paid work placement as well as study planning theory, planning research methods and structure planning. You will finish by writing either an individual thesis or a major professional report on a chosen topic.

Subjects you can Study:

Climate change impacts, Community development, Economics, Policy studies, Politics, Professional practice, Property, Regional planning, Research methods, Society, Sustainable development, Transport policies, Urban design, Urban planning.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include urban planner, statutory planner, town planner, social planner, environmental planner, subdivisions planner, civil urban planner, urban designer, transport planner, environmental manager, strategic planner, heritage planner, policy maker and advisor.


The RMIT urban and regional planning program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). You will be eligible for student membership. The PIA has mutual recognition of membership status with the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut Canadien des Urbanistes (CIP)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Urban and Regional Planner,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 70 No Full time 4 years
City 70 No Part time

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
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  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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