Master of Planning

The University of Adelaide

Urban planning is about how we organise, regulate and manage our cities, neighbourhoods and buildings. With cities getting larger and more complex all around the world, it is important we manage their growth in intelligent ways. Planners make sure our cities are attractive places to live and work now, and sustainable into the future. Our Master of Planning is an intensive, broad-based degree that builds knowledge and skills for the professional realm. You will: study urbanisation, policy, theory, practice and planning law understand urban development processes in depth consider resilience to natural disasters and climate change explore techniques for engaging communities in planning apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and an architectural design project.

Course Fee:

International: $70,000

Entry Requirements:

Domestic students - undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0), applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide MUST submit a Curriculum Vitae to the School of Architecture and Built Environment, applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide, but who have not achieved a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and academic transcript to the School of Architecture and Built Environment; International students - undergraduate degree from University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 of better (out of 7.0), applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide must submit a Curriculum Vitae to the School of Architecture and Built Environment


The Master of Planning provides a broad-based education in planning covering urbanisation, policy, theory, 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. The program includes some elective choice which allows students to pursue topics of interest chosen from a broad spectrum of courses in architecture, geography and property studies.

Subjects you can Study:

Architecture; Construction; Design; Geography


The Master of Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info Yes Full time 2 years

Walk in remarkable footsteps

The University of Adelaide’s international reputation for breaking new ground has been forged by a continuous stream of exceptional people. We count among our alumni five Nobel Laureates, over 140 Fulbright Scholars and more than 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first female Indigenous recipient. The country’s first female prime minister also studied here, as did the first Australian-born professional astronaut in space.
Today, our high-achieving culture continues to attract the world’s best and brightest, including students from more than 90 countries.

Be ready for the future workforce

Although many of the jobs you could be doing in a decade’s time don’t yet exist, your best preparation for them does at the University of Adelaide. We’re constantly updating and refining our degrees to ensure that — wherever your passions lie, you’ll gain the flexible capabilities to explore every opportunity tomorrow brings.
Importantly, our degrees’ recognised quality that opens career paths everywhere. We’re ranked inside the world’s top 50 universities in four subject areas; in the top 100 for another 12, and the top 150 for 10 more.*

Learn from world-leading research

As South Australia’s only member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research-intensive universities, our researchers collaborate with industry, government and leading institutions around the globe to address the world’s greatest challenges.
Our research—rated 5/5 in over 40 distinct fields^ informs all our degrees. Importantly, it also generates a tangible community benefit. Our total contribution to South Australia’s economy is over $4.23 billion†.
* QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019. ^ Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018. † London Economics, 2018. 
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