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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Curtin University
1 to 3 years
Master's degree
On campus
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About this program

Planners work with a range of stakeholders in urban and regional development to act in the public interest and deliver successful cities and regions. The need for equitable and sustainable cities and regions is all the more important given the challenges from climate change, population growth and growing social inequity. There is a range of issues that planners need to assess and consider when devising or evaluating plans – housing, ecological systems, community development, transport systems, urban design, economic development and more. 

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning caters to people who hold a degree in a discipline related to but other than planning, who want to enter a planning profession. The course will build on cognate knowledge and skills to provide you with a professionally accredited planning qualification. In this course you’ll learn the theoretical and practical dimensions of urban and regional planning. You’ll learn about planning systems and governance, contemporary urban and regional issues relevant to planners, and be exposed to view different industry and community perspectives. Electives will enable you to specialise in your own area of interest. You will design and conduct your own independent research enquiry. There are also opportunities for international and local field trips.

The master degree comprises two levels of study, where completion of one level gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the degree at the graduate certificate level.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Admission requirements

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Program content

  • disseminate and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
  • think critically at the highest order to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues;
  • critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning;
  • communicate effectively at a high order which is both innovative and ground-breaking in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences (academic, professional and community);
  • use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning;
  • use learned skills to continue self-development and influence others in continued learning in the profession;
  • have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives;
  • recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
  • work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests

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Curtin University

Curtin is an innovative, global university known for its high-impact researching, strong industry patnerships and commitment to preparing you for jobs on the future. With an expanding global presence, including locations in Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, Curtin...

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