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Master of Environmental Planning

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The Master of Environmental Planning is a holistic, interdisciplinary and flexible degree. It develops professional skills and knowledge in matters important to planning practice, while allowing you to pursue your special interests, such as environmental and resources management, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, environmental law and policy and social impact assessment.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-environmental-planning

[[Key benefits]]
- Gives you the opportunity to undertake an applied planning project to demonstrate your skills as an environmental planner
- Offers real-life environmental consultancy projects for real clients through the Environmental Management Practice unit
- Provides education and training in urban and regional planning with particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of the environment
- Balance of theoretical and practical learning opportunities and experiences
- Recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) as providing the theory, skills, and knowledge required to work as a planner

[[Suitable for]]
Those working in and wanting to move into the planning area or seeking to gain perspective or an interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning.

[[Recognition of prior learning]]
Course Duration
- 2 year program
Bachelor degree in any discipline.

- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters (coursework), or Higher Degree Research in a relevant discipline.

- Relevant disciplines
Planning degree accredited by Planning Institute of Australia; or in an environment related discipline which includes but is not limited to a major in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Management, Geography or Environmental Humanities

- Relevant areas
Environmental planning roles or environmental management roles with an emphasis on planning

[[English language requirements]]
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

- Accreditation
This degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and thereby enables graduates of the program to take up membership of the PIA and pursue career opportunities in public and private sector positions which may require recognised professional PIA qualifications.

The program is accredited every 5 years. During their 2009 visit PIA noted the strengths of the program from their interviews with students: "flexibility including the use of intensive subjects; helpful staff; teaching style and use of project based and research based methods; small class sizes integrated with students from other areas of study; multidisciplinary approaches and integration between subjects."

- Career Opportunities
Planning is a diversifying profession. Planners focus on strategic planning, policy development and research, environmental impact assessment, and development assessment and control.

Career opportunities include:
- State government: strategic planning; policy development and research; statutory planning; development assessment and control; environmental and social impact assessment
- Local Government: strategic planning; statutory planning;development assessment and control; environmental impact assessment
- Federal Government: policy development and research;environmental and social impact assessment
- Private Sector: specialist and multidisciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies; development companies and agencies
- Non Government Organisations: advocacy and lobby groups; peak interest and action groups; research organisations

- government, particularly at local and state levels
- non-government organisations
- in the private sector there are opportunities in specialist and multidisciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-environmental-planning

Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in relevant discipline; GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00)

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