Master of Planning

  • Effective from: 2020
  • Approved Abbreviation: MPlan
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1712
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 080224K

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2019 - Please refer to 1712.2 Master of Planning

For Commencement Year 2014 - Please refer to 1712.1 Master of Planning

This program is offered at the Parramatta City campus. However, some subjects may be offered at other campuses or by alternative modes of delivery.

The Master of Planning is a two year program in urban and regional planning. The degree equips the students with professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in statutory town planning practice as well as policy development. This program has a strong emphasis on research rooted in social sciences and in the fast growing Greater Western Sydney Region. The coursework includes learning and training in history and theory, governance, professional practice, economic development, sustainability, transport planning, spatial analysis, and legal frameworks for planning.

Study Mode

Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Ryan van den Nouwelant

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

The Master of Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree 
Or 
Have a minimum of five years full-time equivalent work experience in planning, geography, social science, environmental studies, architecture and landscape studies, urban and regional studies, engineering or public policy.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points including the subjects listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
1H session  
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
Autumn session  
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
ENVL 7002 Planning and Environmental Regulation 10
ARCH 7002 Heritage and Planning 10
Quarter 3 session  
ARCH 7004 Planning and Development Control 10
2H session  
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
Spring session  
ARCH 7001 Developing Sustainable Places 10
HUMN 7041 Social Research in the Digital World 10
 Credit Points80
Year 2
Autumn session
BLDG 7003 Building Studies 10
ARCH 7006 Urban Planning Placement Project 10
ENVL 7003 Urban Research Report 10
ARCH 7014 Health, Wellbeing and Place 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
ARCH 7005 Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City 10
BLDG 7006 Financing Cities in the Global Economy 10
ARCH 7020 Cool Green Cities 10
POLI 7002 Translation from Theory and Research to Policy 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Quarter 3 Session  
ARCH 7004 Planning and Development Control 10
2H session  
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
Spring session  
ARCH 7001 Developing Sustainable Places 10
HUMN 7041 Social Research in the Digital World 10
1H session  
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
Autumn session  
ARCH 7003 Managing Cities: History and Theory 10
ENVL 7002 Planning and Environmental Regulation 10
ARCH 7002 Heritage and Planning 10
 Credit Points80
Year 2
Spring sessionCredit Points
ARCH 7005 Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City 10
BLDG 7006 Financing Cities in the Global Economy 10
ARCH 7020 Cool Green Cities 10
POLI 7002 Translation from Theory and Research to Policy 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BLDG 7003 Building Studies 10
ARCH 7006 Urban Planning Placement Project 10
ENVL 7003 Urban Research Report 10
ARCH 7014 Health, Wellbeing and Place 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Equivalent Core Subjects

The Core Subjects listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier.

ARCH 7013 - Green Urbanscapes: Bio-Physical Functions and Services, replaced by ARCH 7020 Cool Green Cities