Course Description

Planners work with a range of stakeholders in urban and regional development to act in the public interest and deliver successful cities and regions. The need for equitable and sustainable cities and regions is all the more important given the challenges from climate change, population growth and growing social inequity. There is a range of issues that planners need to assess and consider when devising or evaluating plans – housing, ecological systems, community development, transport systems, urban design, economic development and more. 
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning caters to people who hold a degree in a discipline related to but other than planning, who want to enter a planning profession. The course will build on cognate knowledge and skills to provide you with a professionally accredited planning qualification. In this course you’ll learn the theoretical and practical dimensions of urban and regional planning. You’ll learn about planning systems and governance, contemporary urban and regional issues relevant to planners, and be exposed to view different industry and community perspectives. Electives will enable you to specialise in your own area of interest. You will design and conduct your own independent research enquiry. There are also opportunities for international and local field trips.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $22,400 per year full-time, $33,600 total course cost
International Students: $29,500 per year full-time


1.5 years full time,

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at Curtin University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 72.2% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 82.6% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 81.7% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Curtin University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at Curtin University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 78.9% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 4.2% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $63,300 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 050344F
Curtin University Code: MC-URPLAN

Entry Requirements

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)





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