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The Master of Planning degree has been designed to equip students with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in statutory town planning practice as well as policy development.
The Western Sydney University Parramatta campus location in the centre of Sydney’s population growth area represents a rich urban laboratory in which to explore the most important urban issues.
Shape the urban future
The Master of Planning is a two-year program in urban and regional planning and is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. The program equips you with professional and scholarly education enabling you to take a leadership role in statutory town planning practice as well as policy development.
It has a strong emphasis on research rooted in social sciences and in the fast growing Western Sydney region. The program work includes learning and training in history and theory, governance, professional practice, economic development, sustainability, transport planning, spatial analysis and legal frameworks for planning.
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Our program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $29,488*
Delivery: On campus
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With this degree you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Planning and management in local, state and federal government agencies or the private sector
- Zoning and land use
- Social policy development
- Sustainability and the environment
In this role you'll help to shape communities from the ground up. As a specialist in land use you will develop plans to accommodate growth, revitalise towns and cities, make communities more attractive to business and keep them vibrant and healthy.
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.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental impact assessments predict 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.
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.
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Other study options
*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.