Urban Policy and Strategy

  • 8313 Masters, 5313 Grad Dip, 7313 Grad Cert
  • Full - time & Part - time
  • Semester 1 2014
  • 3 semesters

About Master of Urban Policy and Strategy

The Master of Urban Policy and Strategy is an exciting new post-professional degree in the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism, at UNSW Built Environment. It is designed to create leaders in urban transformations of our cities. The program provides you with an understanding of the context of cities and regions and through the use of tools for policy assessment it shows you how to use and interpret data to provide evidence based policy.

Why study the Master of Urban Policy and Strategy?

The degree is for industry professionals wishing to develop advanced skills in urban management and policy. It is particularly suited to professionals from State & Commonwealth governments and the private sector wanting to upskills their policy capabilities.


Deepen your experience through problem-based learning

The program will utilise a number of different teaching strategies which will extend and deepen your learning experience. These include studio, master classes, problem-based learning, case studies and field trips as well as consulting projects with client, and evidence-based research.

This master blends theory and practice and invites senior guests from industry to share their insights almost every day of the course.

Research methodology: Students developing a policy response to the recent released amendments to the Strata legislation. Advised and presented to client on recommendations.

Develop learning through diverse subjects

You will gain an understanding of the history of city development; strategic urban policy challenges; decision making and governance; public and private development finance and data analysis; strategic planning and impact assessment tools; smart cities, advanced research methods and urban leadership, politics and ethics.


Higher engagement through small classes

Class sizes in the program are deliberately small to allow you to engage in highly interactive classes with other students, researchers, professionals, adjunct professors and teachers. This will enable you to engage and learn on a deeper level through key topics and case studies.

Have a global understanding of urban policy & strategy

You will also be offered an international study studio where you will focus on major urban projects and policy issues raised in international cities. Locations of the projects will vary from year to year, however projects are typically large-scale urban interventions that are complex by nature. The studio normally involves two weeks of intensive overseas studio and field work followed by 5 to 6 weeks of comparative case study work back in Australia.

Read more on international studios:

Urban Policy and Strategy students hit Chicago

Urban Policy and Strategy students help RTA Chicago with land issues

International Studio: Capetown City Council asked the policy students to provide them with advise on new tools to limit urban growth in the evacuation zone of their nuclear power plant. Students visited Capetown for International Study Studio.

Your career outcomes

Urban policy is complex and exciting. This program is designed to give you the tools to secure a leadership role in a range of government and private sector agencies and businesses.

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