Master of Planning (Urban Design) / Master of Landscape Architecture

The University of Adelaide

Urban designers and landscape architects work with natural and built environments engaging with natural systems and human cultures - as a creative and contemporary practice, it is always evolving. They design and upgrade our parks, streets, squares and waterfronts. They are responsible for creating functional, beautiful, sustainable and safe sites that enhance communities, cultivate culture and draw people in. This double degree has a strong focus on practical design studies. You will: explore ecological issues and the broad context of urban development establish positions on current disciplinary, social and environmental issues learn to work with advanced ecological and landscape technologies build techniques for engaging communities in planning share design studios with students across the School of Architecture and Built Environment propose and complete major urban planning and landscape architectural projects.

Course Fee:

International: $105,000

Entry Requirements:

Domestic students - Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0). Applicants who do not have a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0) in their undergraduate degree must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment. The portfolio should be of the applicant's own work (in hard copy or CD/DVD) demonstrating manual-graphic skills and ability through freehand drawing or sketches, skills in relevant design-related areas, as well as familiarity using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software package; International students - Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a credit average or higher + portfolio of work. A Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide


The program shares studios with the Master of Landscape Architecture and emphasises practical design studies as well as mainstream planning topics such as planning policy, theory and 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 majority of the teaching activities are also based around design studios incorporating courses in advanced ecological and landscape technologies.

Subjects you can Study:

Architecture; Landscape; Design


The Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info Yes Full time 3 years

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