Study Geography and Urban Planning

Urban planning courses deliver knowledge and skills in the areas of urban governance, strategic planning and policy development, history and the theoretical frameworks for planning, urban finance, sociocultural and ecological sustainability, spatial analysis, urban design and transport planning. Delivered by internationally recognised urban scholars, the courses utilise a research based approach as an essential element of teaching and learning. Our courses put a very strong emphasis on applied learning through field trips, work placement and guest lectures by prominent practitioners from local councils and state planning and development agencies. Our teaching utilises Greater Western Sydney as a laboratory for analysis of local socio-cultural, ecological and development issue.

Geography and Urban Planning courses

Course NameLocationDurationATAR
Bachelor of Social Science (Geography and Urban Studies) Penrith; Parramatta 3F / 6P 68.25; 71.85
Bachelor of Planning / Master of Urban Management and Planning Penrith; Parramatta 4F / 8P 82.80; 82.00
Master of Planning Parramatta City 2F / 4P Not applicable
Master of Urban Management and Planning Parramatta City 1F / 2P Not applicable
Graduate Certificate in Urban Management and Planning Parramatta City 1F / 2P Not applicable
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Career opportunities for Geography and Urban Planning graduates

Studying planning provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment as professional planners within and outside of Australia, as well as for employment in a variety of other policy advice related areas.

Where do our grads work?

Our planning graduates work in public, private and community sectors with state government agencies, local councils, planning consultants, and property development companies.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Planning at the Western Sydney University?

Planning courses are highly research and practice oriented. The courses are taught by research active and internationally acclaimed staff. Fast growing Greater Western Sydney is used a laboratory for applied learning achieved through fieldwork, placement and guest lectures from industry. At the Masters level our courses are offered in intensive workshop mode and thus allow students to work and study at the same time. Scholarships from local councils are available to students enrolled in these courses.

What will I learn?

The planning courses focus on the following areas:

  • Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies
  • People, Place and Social Difference
  • Cultural and Social Geographies
  • The Economics of Cities and Regions
  • Analysis of Spatial Data
  • Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems
  • Transport, Access and Equity
  • Urban Design
  • Housing Markets and Policy
  • Managing Cities: History and Theory
  • Planning and Environmental Regulation
  • Developing Sustainable Places
  • Financing Cities in the Global Economy
  • Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

Is there a work placement component to the course?

Students enrolled in the planning courses participate in an industry placement experience. Western Sydney University recognises that work experience is vital in the current job market. We therefore place students for work experience within a council, state enterprise or private planning agency. Through placements the planning students further develop their understanding of planning practice. The work placement component adds significantly to the marketability of Western Sydney University planning graduates.