Master of Research (Planning)

Western Sydney University

The Master of Research (Planning) is an internationally recognised qualification that provides graduates with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in urban and regional planning research and policy development. The first stage combines coursework training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced specialisation in urban and regional planning. In the second stage, you will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a thesis. The second stage also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance your research and professional capabilities. You will develop the professional communication skills, reasoning and analytical processes required to make valuable contributions to the policy, technical and regulatory aspects of urban and regional planning. The teaching curriculum covers both Australian and international contexts.

Course Fee:

International: $63,232

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor or Masters in disciplines such as Planning, Architecture, Engineering, property, Urban Studies, landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Management. Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65. Demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline and a statement that outlines a tentative research area.


All students must enrol in and complete the 80 credit points of prescribed Core units. In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master of Research (Planning).

Subjects you can Study:

Research Design; Research Literacies; Managing Cities: History and Theory; Financing Cities in the Global Economy; Planning and Environmental Regulation; Developing Sustainable Places; Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City.

Study Pathways:

Students may exit with the Bachelor of Research Studies (exit only) after Year 1 and the successful completion of 80 credit points, with advanced standing of 160 credit points from their previous undergraduate qualification being granted.


Planning Institute of Australia

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

Related Careers:

Urban and Regional Planner,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parramatta No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parramatta City No info Yes Part time 4 years
Parramatta City No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parramatta No info Yes Part time 4 years
Founded in 1989, Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 2 percent of universities in the world. Over 70 per cent of the University's assessed research has been ranked at world class or better. The University is home to several research institutes, including the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, the Institute for Culture and Society, the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture and the Translational Health Research Institute. Each institute enhances the University's research strengths and expertise in areas such as climate change, water conservation, smart engineering, the changing social landscape and human-machine communication. The University boasts unique campuses across Western Sydney including Bankstown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool City, Parramatta, Penrith and Sydney City. Western Sydney University, The College, owned by the University, offers university pathway courses and VET courses at Bankstown, Nirimba, and Sydney Olympic Park. With a student population of more than 44,000 and 3,500 staff, Western Sydney University has grown to be one of the largest universities in Australia. The University is closely linked to Western Sydney, one of the nation's economic powerhouses where ten per cent of all Australians live, and has a teaching and research structure designed to meet the challenges of today's economy. Western Sydney University offers students a wide range of traditional disciplines combined with the latest in innovative thinking. Courses are delivered through innovative, relevant, engaging and flexible study options.

Provider CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

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