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  • Full-time or part-time
  • Semester 1 (March) or Semester 2 (July)
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The Master of Planning will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to play an influential role at the contemporary challenges facing our natural and built environments. It is a progressive industry and planning shapes the future of our cities and regions. The program is tailored for professionals working in other sectors, especially those whose work may involve the planning system, or requires involvement with planning agencies.


Why study the Master of Planning?

You will gain a strong understanding of the principles and practices of planning and an ability to think critically and analytically about the development and preservation of the built environment. This degree allows you to tailor your studies in a number of specialised areas, including environmental sustainability, urban management and
governance and urban design.

Learn from our experience

The Master of Planning builds on the expertise in the UNSW Planning and Urban Development Program together with postgraduate offerings from other disciplines at UNSW Built Environment. You will receive a wealth of interdisciplinary knowledge and the necessary vocational skills to practice planning in today’s complex world.
UNSW Built Environment Academics discussing a planning project

Flexible degree responsive to your learning

The program has been structured to fit in with busy lives and work commitments. You can commence in either semester 1 or 2 each year, and complete the course either full or part time. The degree also has classes scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings to accommodate working professionals.

One of the world’s great cities is our classroom

Sydney provides a fantastic laboratory to help understand the crucial role played by planners in addressing the complex social, economic and environmental challenges faced by cities, regions and communities. Lauded as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it is also a city where challenges of managing growth, climate resilience, housing affordability, urban renewal and social equity are at the heart of the planning agenda.
2014 Graduation Project: Evidence in Place. The graduation exhibition for Bachelor and Master of Planning graduates opening night in the Red Centre Gallery.

Be part of the leading centre for urban planning research in Australia

Understanding our cities and the complexity of social, economic and environmental issues that shape how they function requires us to engage with those issues through research. In the final semester Planning Project, you will have the opportunity to conduct your own piece of research under the supervision of some of the country’s best researchers based at Australia’s leading urban planning and housing research centre - City Futures – co-located within the Faculty.

Professional accreditation

The degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Master graduates are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership of PIA.


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