Course Description

Planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession which plays a pivotal role in decisions shaping the future of cities and regions. 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 - from global developers to local communities - to foster feasible, equitable, sustainable and progressive outcomes. Sydney and NSW provide a fantastic laboratory to help understand the crucial role played by planners in addressing complex challenges, systematically placed in its global context through critical analysis and drawing upon best practice. The Master of 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 degree comprises core courses that strengthen disciplinary foundations and help develop advanced and specific knowledge and skills, elective options which can be structured to pursue a specialist pathway (city development and renewal, healthy sustainable communities, history and theory, city design), and a capstone project, delivered in conjunction with City Futures 'Australia's leading urban research centre' in which students undertake a piece of primary research in their selected area of interest.

The MCP aims to produce high quality graduates who have acquired UNSW Graduate attributes and are capable, through their skills, knowledge and experience, of undertaking a wide range of tasks required of a qualified planning practitioner. As well as preparing for the profession, a planning degree provides lifelong analytical, collaborate and communication skills much in demand more widely.

Course offered in the MCP program are aimed to satisfy they key competence areas required of a qualified planner by the Planning Institute of Australia.


2 years full time,

Starting dates

February, September

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 64.3% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 77.6% (national average 79.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 75.5% (national average 77.8%)

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

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Architecture & Building postgraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 85.6% (national average 83.4%)
Studying full time: 0.9% (national average 5.0%)
Median full time salary: $70,000 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 088355A
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Code: 8148