City Planning

Bachelor of City Planning (Honours)

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4 years full-time Includes practice year
2021 Guaranteed Entry Rank


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Term 1

Shape sustainable, equitable, healthy and inspiring built environments.

City planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession which plays a pivotal role in decisions shaping the future of our cities and regions.

The UNSW Built Environment City Planning degree will teach you to develop the skills and knowledge required to play an influential role at the heart of the contemporary challenges facing our natural built environments.

As a graduate, you will have the skills to address sustainability and climate change issues, transport and infrastructure provision, facilitating urban renewal, or tackling social inequality and exclusion.

The City Planning degree gives you hands-on experience where you will take part in a 1 year Practice Year.

Key Information

Program details

The Bachelor of City Planning (Honours) is a 4-year program consisting of 28 courses, a Practice Year and 1 thesis (192 Units Of Credit/UOC).

The program includes:

  • 1 Thesis
  • 1 Plan Making Studio Course
  • 15 Core Courses
  • 3 Prescribed Elective Courses (choose from within City Planning)
  • 2 Interdisciplinary Courses (BEIL)
  • 2 General Education Courses (choose from other faculties)
  • Practice Year includes 5 Practice Courses completed during 1 year of practical experience

Practice Year
Five Practice courses underpin and structure the work-integrated-learning Practice Year. You'll be able to apply your integrated theoretical and technical skills and knowledge to real-world practice and in turn, bring insights from your hands-on experience back into the classroom. Running throughout the year, opportunities for you to understand and assess your own direction and how it relates to both studies and professional development are maximised.

You could work across a breadth of planning and related positions: state government, local authorities, urban consultancies, development companies private practice and NGOs.

In your final year of study, you'll devise and independently undertake a major thesis project, where you'll focus on a particular area of specialised interest and build further depth and expertise to the critical ideas and knowledge you have already gained.

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
Professionalism, ethics and practice
Urban design and plan making
Communication, engagement and participation

For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook. 


The Bachelor of City Planning (Honours) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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.

Career opportunities

The UNSW Built Environment City Planning (Honours) degree will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to play an influential role at the heart of contemporary challenges facing our natural and built environments.

  • Address sustainability and climate change issues

  • Address transport and infrastructure provisions

  • Facilitating urban renewal

  • Tackle social inequality and exclusion

  • Learn the multifaceted drivers and outcomes that shape our cities and regions

  • Learn broad foundational skills alongside the introduction to core disciplinary knowledge

  • Benefit from our commitment to research excellence and learn first class research skills, undertake an exciting piece of self-determined research

  • Experience further strengthening of the program’s relationship with Australia’s leading urban research centre, the City Futures Research Centre


Career opportunities
City planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession which plays a pivotal role in decisions shaping the future of our cities and regions. Graduate planners are employed in government agencies, commercial consultancies and local councils in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Strategic planner

  • Environmental planner

  • Land use planner

  • Urban policy and research

  • Urban consultant

  • Development assessment planner

  • Specialist in planning law (City Planning (Honours)/Laws degree)

Why UNSW Built Environment
  • Benefit from research-informed teaching
  • World class alumni connections
  • UNSW Australia ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2016-2017)
  • UNSW Graduates are the most hired by LinkedIn's top 30 most in-demand employers in 2015
  • UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
  • Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
  • Strong industry links and partnerships
  • 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.
Entry requirements
How to apply
Fees and expenses
Our students
Our staff

Head of Discipline

Associate Professor Hoon Han
Director of City Planning Program

Research Centre Deputy Director

Professor Susan Thompson
Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar

Senior Lecturer

Dr Christine Steinmetz
Dr Brian Lee

Research Associate

Dr Laura Crommelin