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Master of Urbanism (Urban and Regional Planning)

Course Description

Developed in consultation with Industry and the Planning Institute of Australia, the study of Urbanism is a pathway to specialisation as a professional urban planner, urban designer, heritage architect or consultant. This two-year postgraduate program has been developed to address the urgent need for specialists in the planning, development and architectural industries who understand the complex interrelationships between the various aspects of environmental planning and can work at the apex of local and international urban design.

The sustainable management of our cities and regions is one of the most pressing issues in the 21st century. Urban and regional planners are at the forefront of this challenge: working in government and the private sector to guide urban and regional change and to manage the social, environmental and economic impacts of development. Urban and regional planners prepare plans and policies at a range of levels including national, state, regional, local, precinct and site, with specialist planners working in urban design, heritage conservation and housing policy.

The Urbanism (Urban & Regional Planning) Program provides the required knowledge and skills for professional planning practice within Australia. Graduates of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning are eligible, subject to professional experience requirements, for corporate membership of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). The program aims to introduce you to contemporary planning theories and debates while instilling professional expertise in key areas of planning practice.

During the program students will engage in an integrative set of core units, introducing key concepts that reach across a diverse range of factors effecting the planning, policy making and urbanisation of our future cities.

The program then culminates in an Integrated Studio capstone unit where you will apply your knowledge to a complex real-world project. You will formulate a compelling ‘urban proposition’ to convince the public, stakeholders, politicians and investors of the benefits of a particular approach or scheme, all in the context of the interdisciplinary and visionary nature of Urbanism. The Studio will emulate professional practice by working with community groups, developers and/or politicians to develop an appreciation of the interrelated strategic, economic, social and environmental context in which urban design occurs.


The University of Sydney’s Planning division is made up of a team of experienced, practicing planners and Academics who regularly comment and advise on planning issues – directly effecting on the policy, planning and design of cities and regional across the globe.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning is proud of its ongoing collaboration with the NSW planning industry, and through the support of the the US Studies Centre, Cities Network, Henry Halloran Trust and Planning Research Centre, it plays host to regular debates, lectures and symposiums, ensuring our graduates are not only engaged in and informed on current topics, but gain multiple opportunities to network with key stakeholders in local government and industry.

Who should do this course?
The master of Urbanism is open to a very broad range of professionals interested in furthering their influence in the development, policy making, and design of our built environment.

To ask a question about this course, visit http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/

Visit the Master of Urbanism (Urban and Regional Planning) page on the University of Sydney website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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