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“UNSW Master of Planning degree was continually identified as superior within the profession, making it an easy decision! I began working at City Plan Strategy and Development during my last semester at UNSW Built Environment, made possible by the flexibility the degree offered in terms of workload.”

UNSW Built Environment Alumnus, Melanie Freelander

What is planning?

Planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession which plays a pivotal role in decisions shaping the future of our cities and regions. The MPLAN (Master of Planning) degree will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to play an influential role at the heart of contemporary challenges facing our natural and built environments. The MPLAN degree is also tailored for professionals working in other sectors, especially those whose work may intersect with the planning system, or requires involvement with planning agencies.

Learn from our experience

The MPLAN degree builds on the expertise in the UNSW Planning and Urban Development Program together with postgraduate offerings from other disciplines in the Faculty. You will receive a wealth of interdisciplinary knowledge and the necessary vocational skills to practice planning in today’s complex world.

Get to use both sides of your brain

Planners need to see the whole picture: we need to be good thinkers, good analysts and good communicators. We work with stakeholders across the spectrum of interests shaping our cities and regions – from global developers to local communities – to foster feasible, equitable, sustainable and progressive outcomes.

A degree responsive to the needs of postgraduate learning

The program has been structured to fit in with busy lives and work commitments. You can commence the MPLAN in either semester 1 or 2 each year, and complete the course either full or part time. Where possible, classes are scheduled in the late afternoon or evenings. 

Be flexible

The program is structured to offer you the option of either developing your general planning knowledge or - through your elective options and selected focus of your Planning Project – build up specialisations in urban management and governance, urban design or environmental sustainability. Close synergies with other taught postgraduate courses in the Faculty provide an excellent basis for interdisciplinary working.

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 need to be at the heart of the planning agenda.

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 head-on through research. In the final semester Planning Project, you’ll 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.

Career Opportunities

MPLAN graduates take up opportunities with all tiers of government (Federal, State, local), private sector consultancies, property developers and indeed the breadth of built environment professions where planning skills are required. These skills also enable graduates move into wider policy, research, analytical, creative and community roles.  

Be professionally recognised

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

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