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Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Course Description


Urban and regional planners are responsible for ensuring that cities, towns and regions have vibrant economies and communities, provide for a high quality of life, and are environmentally sustainable. To achieve this, planners need to develop a rounded understanding of the way in which societies, economies and environments operate and interact with one another.

Course description, features and facilities

Urban and Regional Planning focuses on some of the major challenges facing society, including the population growth and restructuring, rapid urbanisation, poverty and homelessness, land use conflict, cultural diversity, economic development, and ecological sustainability.

Students are provided with the knowledge and skills to help resolve major urban and regional problems, and offered the opportunity to undertake a practicum within the public sector, private sector or a university-based research centre. Graduates will contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places.

Our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Regional Development, the Planning and Transport Research Centre, and the Centre for Built Environment and Health. UWA also has strong links with the Planning Institute Australia (WA).

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.


The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

Professional recognition

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career opportunities

Planners are employed by local governments, state governments (such as the Department of Planning and the Department of State Development) and in private practice with planning consultancies and property developers. And, they work across a diverse range of areas, including: regional development, environmental management, urban design, public administration, public policy, social research, teaching, land development, and social planning and community development.

Graduates of this course are also employable internationally, helping to solve social, economic and environmental problems in other parts of the world.

Visit the Master of Urban and Regional Planning page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

UWA Faculty of Science Scholarships and Awards - No. of awards TBC

Both the University and the Faculty offer a range of scholarships and awards to our students.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships for Domestic and International Students - see full details for each scholarship.

Application Procedure

See full details for each scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into this course an applicant must have a bachelor's degree of this University, with a relevant major, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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