Master of Urban Management and Planning



Delivery Mode On campus
Location Parramatta City
Duration  1F / 2P
Intake Information

Semester 1 (Autumn) ; Semester 2 (Spring)

Apply Direct Code1674.2
UAC Code 950030
Fee Information

Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationParramatta City
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn) ; Semester 2 (Spring)
Course Code1674.2 [CRICOS Code 067913E] 
Fee Information

International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


Shape the Urban Future.

The Master of Urban Management and Planning aims to provide you with the scholarship, skills and knowledge to successfully manage the planet's increasingly complex urban world.

You may be an existing urban professional or seeking to begin a career in this area. The flexibility of the course will suit professionals working in local government, regional organisations and state and federal government institutions. It will especially appeal to planners, in government and the private sector, looking for postgraduate qualifications with a focus on management.

Delivered by internationally recognised urban scholars from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, the course demonstrates a research based approach as an essential element of urban management.

The Western Sydney University location in the centre of Sydney's population growth area represents a rich urban laboratory in which to explore the most important urban issues. Mandatory units are run in intensive or block mode to reduce your travel burden.

New location

This degree will be offered at the new Parramatta City campus, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta. You will study in the heart of Parramatta's thriving Central Business District close to major transport links.


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

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Career opportunities for the Master of Urban Management and Planning

Urban and regional planning

Urban and regional planners advise on the environmental needs, restrictions and guidelines of a particular area and develop policies for the use of land and resources. They frequently liaise with community and government representatives as well as undertaking a large amount of research that they subsequently write reports on.

Social policy development

Policy development involves researching, compiling and analysing a range of facts that relate to the benefit of society. It involves working with a range of government agencies and community groups to pinpoint relevant solutions.

Urban planning policy

Urban policy development involves researching, compiling and analysing a range of facts specific to an urban environment and creating it as a policy that will benefit the wider community.

Environmental impact assessment

Environmental impact assessment predicts the consequences that a certain policy, plan or project may have on the wider environment before they are implemented. It involves a wide range of research and analysis with a focus on protecting the environment.


Research involves compiling data, analysing trends and noting observations in the area of urban trends and geography. This work is recorded in reports that are used to assist with the development of that field.

Academic Profile

Associate Professor Awais Piracha

Dr Awais Piracha is a prominent Sydney-based researcher of sustainable urban and regional development and the use of spatial analysis/techniques in land use and transport planning. Dr Piracha was trained as a civil/environmental engineer as well as a town planner. He has served at University of Western Sydney as an urban planning academic since 2003. He currently serves as Director Academic Programs for Geography, Urban Planning…

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How to apply

If you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply online directly to Western (opens in a new window) for postgraduate coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business, Creative Industries, Engineering and Built Environment, Health Sciences, Law, Computing and Information Technology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, TESOL, Interpreting and Translation or Therapeutic Studies and Counselling. Applications can also be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window).

Applications made directly to Western do not have an application fee.

You can manage your existing direct applications via the Western application portal (opens in a new window) or via UAC.(opens in a new window)

Step by step instructions are available on the How to Apply pages.

If you are an international student, you need to apply through Western Sydney University International. Step by step instructions are available on the International Admissions pages.