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Designed for professionals seeking to move into a planning related field
The Graduate Certificate in City Planning degree is designed for students with an undergraduate qualification in a related discipline seeking to move into a planning or planning-related field.
It 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.
The Graduate Certificate in City Planning is a 0.7-year program consisting of 4 courses (24 Units Of Credit/UOC).
The program includes:
- 4 Core Courses
Key Areas of Study
Urban society, theory, history
City economics and development
Environment and sustainability
City building – infrastructure and transport
Strategic spatial planning
Planning law and administration
Planning research and analysis
Urban management and development assessment
Communication, engagement and participation
The Graduate Certificate of City Planning is an articulated pathway to the Graduate Diploma and Master of City Planning.
For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.
The Graduate Certificate in City Planning provides you with an excellent platform to take up planning and urban policy-related opportunities across all tiers of government (Federal, State, local), private sector consultancies, property development, and indeed the breadth of built environment professions where planning skills are required. The interdisciplinary skill sets developed through the diploma also enable graduates to move into wider policy, research, analytical, creative and community roles both in Australia and overseas.
The Master of City Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) should you continue your studies upon successful completion of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma.
As a Planning student, you can take part in the PIA Young Planners network which brings together students and new graduate planners for social and professional events.
- UNSW ranks 25th in the world and 4th in Australia in Architecture/Built Environment (QS World Rankings 2019)
UNSW Sydney ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019)
In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
Accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
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Articulation from the graduate certificate into the Graduate Diploma or Master of City Planning
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To be eligible for this program you must have:
- An undergraduate degree with a credit average or above (WAM 65+ or equivalent).
Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of City Planning students may apply for entry into the Graduate Diploma or Master’s program with full credit for courses completed in earlier programs in the sequence.
All domestic and international students can apply for postgraduate coursework online:
- Apply online (International students must pay an application fee of $125.)
- Term 1 (February) - apply by 30 November*
- Term 3 (September) - apply by 31 July
Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.
If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you can then be assessed for transfer credit for courses (subjects) studied in your previous degree.