Master of Regional Planning (By Research)

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

This course provides an opportunity to foster research in planning and offers a stepping stone towards PhD research in the planning discipline. Work with a supervisor to develop a research topic in an area where students would like to advance knowledge in their field, or focus on a specific planning issue. The course is designed for graduates of four-year undergraduate regional and urban planning courses and may also be of interest to experienced practitioners who face a specific planning issue in their professional life and seek to research the matter in depth. Possible research areas include coastal management, water allocation and planning, urban planning and design issues, dispute resolution in planning, or, a topic of interest to existing academic staff.

Course Fee:

Australian: $44,000
International: $54,400

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are normally required to hold either (a) a Planning Institute of Australia (or other professional planning accreditation body affiliated with the World Planning Schools Association) accredited four-year degree in planning or (b) an honours undergraduate degree in a planning-related area and relevant planning experience to the satisfaction of the Program Leader. English language requirements also apply.


1 subject and a thesis of 30,000-35,000 words

Subjects you can Study:

Regional and urban planning

Who for:

Planning graduates as well as experienced practitioners who face a specific planning issue which they wish to research

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Urban and Regional Planner,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Part time 4 years
USC Sunshine Coast No info Yes Full time 2 years
USC is one of Australia's fastest growing regional universities, and at just over 20 years of age is one of the world's top 150 young universities.

USC offers flexible study options across more than 120 programs at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Our approach to learning is hands on, with innovative facilities and excellent staff-to-student ratios. Students consistently rate USC as one of the best universities in Australia for teaching quality and overall student experience.

USC's international reputation for research is growing every year, with 14 research fields now rated at world standard or above. Leading research areas include environmental science and management, nursing and health sciences, biological sciences, ecology, agricultural and veterinary sciences, fisheries science and clinical sciences.

USC is committed to unlocking the innovation, productivity and full human potential of our regions, and to working with government, industry and community to encourage prosperity in a knowledge-driven world.

Provider CRICOS: 01595D

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