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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Masters by coursework (graduate entry)

Build the expertise you need to help maximise the liveability of our cities and regions.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

The future of our urban and regional centres relies on agile, creative thinkers who can bring communities together to collectively work toward solutions to the challenges they face.

In doing so, they need to navigate political, administrative and legislative frameworks in an ethical, sustainable way. In this Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) accredited course, you’ll explore the social, economic and environmental challenges affecting communities and help solve real-world problems with the support of several industry partners.

You’ll gain an understanding of planning laws and applications, and be encouraged to contribute to real-world projects.

The course is designed for students with an undergraduate qualification in an area related to the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or geography, who seek to gain PIA accreditation to work as a planner. It is not intended for those who hold a PIA-accredited bachelor degree in planning.

Those who hold a bachelor degree in an unrelated field must apply for the Graduate Certificate in Development Planning before progressing to the master degree.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies. You may also exit the degree at the graduate certificate level.

Why study

  • Much of your learning will take place in Curtin’s new innovation precinct, Exchange, at the Perth campus. The School of Design and Built Environment is based here, in a stunning new building that brings together academia, research and industry.
  • The curriculum has a balance of theory and practice; and local and global perspectives.
  • There are opportunities for fieldwork, studio work and practical exercises.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career information


  • Planner
  • Urban designer
  • Consultant in urban planning and development
  • Community development
  • Project and policy officer (government)


  • Community development and engagement
  • Environmental planning
  • Transport planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Land use planning
  • Regional and rural planning
  • Planning law
  • Urban design

What you'll learn

  • disseminate and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
  • think critically at the highest order to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues;
  • critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning;
  • communicate effectively at a high order which is both innovative and ground-breaking in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences (academic, professional and community);
  • use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning;
  • use learned skills to continue self-development and influence others in continued learning in the profession;
  • have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives;
  • recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
  • work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $24,071*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MG-URPLAN2
  • CRICOS code: 050344F
  • Last updated on: 28/09/2022