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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.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Duration


    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

Deadlines for applying direct to Curtin

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Quarter 1, 2024

6 April 2026

2 July 2026

Semester 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Semester 2, 2024

1 March 2024

Applications now closed!

Semester 1, 2025

Applications now open!

6 February 2025

Semester 2, 2025

7 April 2025

3 July 2025

Course outline



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.

What jobs can the Master of Urban and Regional Planning course lead to?


  • 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

Professional recognition

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

The learning environment is wonderful, with a wide range of study spaces, a library and cafes, and supportive lecturers. The program structure balances theory with real-life scenarios, enabling me to practically apply the skills to my job. It has also given me opportunities to meet industrial professionals and build connections with them. I plan to return to my home in the Maldives after finishing my studies and work towards creating more sustainable cities.

Fathimath Shanna

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

English requirements

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

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




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).

Looking for more detail on the course structure?

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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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

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

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  • Curtin course code: MG-URPLAN2
  • CRICOS code: 050344F
  • Last updated on: 18 July 2024

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