Master of Research (Planning)

Planning at Western

The first stage combines programwork training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced major in urban and regional planning. In the second stage, you will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a thesis. The second stage also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance your research and professional capabilities. 

You will develop the professional communication skills, reasoning and analytical processes required to make valuable contributions to the policy, technical and regulatory aspects of urban and regional planning. The teaching curriculum covers both Australian and international contexts.

Program structure

Stage 1 of the program involves intensive programwork where you will engage with your peers and academics in an interdisciplinary environment. The programwork is designed to help you build your skills as a researcher, master the art of knowledge translation and develop a strong research proposal.

You will undertake core subjects including:

The programwork structure is outlined in our handbook where you can find more information about the subjects you will be studying.

Stage 2 of the program involves completing your own research project under the supervision of an academic expert in your area of research. Your project will focus on the development of a 25,000-word thesis that will be externally examined.  

Fees and delivery

You should refer to the Higher Degree Research Fees page for information about tuition fees for this program.



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"Master’s is great because you have the freedom to study what you want and project based subjects allow you to undertake your own design."

— Nicholas Ralph. Master of Research.

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*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.  

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