The Master of Research (Planning) is an internationally recognised qualification that provides graduates with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in urban and regional planning research and policy development. The course has accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia.
Planning at Western
The first stage combines coursework training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced specialisation 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.
Stage 1 of the program involves intensive coursework where you will engage with your peers and academics in an interdisciplinary environment. The coursework 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 units including:
The coursework structure is outlined in our handbook where you can find more information about the units (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
Stage 1: Domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme (eligibility conditions apply).
Scholarship support is available for domestic students. Visit our frequently asked questions for more information.
Stage 2: Domestic higher degree research candidates are provided with a funded place in the degree under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).
In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master
of Research (Planning).
Delivery: On campus
Fees: International Master of Research (Planning) fees are applied based on your area of study.
Your fees will depend on your study area:
Humanities, Arts and Social Science: AUD$24,760*
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: AUD $31,616*
Delivery: On campus
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As a Master of Research (Planning) graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in settings such as:
- Planning and management in local, state and federal government agencies or the private sector
- Policy analysis, research and development
- University teaching or administration
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, revitalize towns and cities, make communities more attractive to business and keep them vibrant and healthy.
Policy Analyst, Research and 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.
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.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.