(NEW) Bachelor of Planning (Honours)

Course summary for international students

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Award granted Bachelor of Planning (Honours)
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake


Indicative annual fee 2015$25,210* AUD
CRICOS course code083993M
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S449
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

There will be no intake into this course in 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Planning (Honours) is a distinctive course that brings together the disciplines of planning, design, urban studies and society in a single degree program. It comprises theoretical, practical and project units which enable students to explore ideas in simulated and project-based learning environments. This course also includes a fourth-year research component. Throughout this four-year program students will acquire the knowledge and specialist skills required to design and create the vibrant places and spaces in which we live, work and interact. The course balances the built and natural environment with community needs, social equity, cultural significance and economic sustainability. Graduates will have the capacity to manage development; infrastructure and services; create new, and revitalise existing public spaces; conserve places of heritage; and enhance community value as populations continue to grow.

Students who do not wish to undertake the final-year research component (Honours), may exit this course early following successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a Bachelor of Urban Studies.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Planning (Honours) has been designed in consultation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) with the objective of attaining accreditation as a course recognised toward corporate membership. The course has professional accreditation from PIA.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment in professional urban and regional planning, assessing development proposals and devising policies to guide future development, and work in areas as diverse as housing, public arts, energy, health, education, communications, leisure, tourism and transport.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 24 core units (28 credit points)
  • Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 4 credit points of elective units (level 4)

To exit with the Bachelor of Design (Urban Studies), students must complete 24 credit points of study, which must include the following:

  • 20 core units (23 credit points) Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 1 elective unit (level 3 or 4)

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SRD173Planning Studio 1A

SRC163Graphic and Coded Communication 1

SRA143Art and Society

SRP171Land and Society

SRA010Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SRD174Planning Studio 1B (2cp)

SRT151Construction and Structures 1

SRP151Humans and Nature: Urban Precedents and Futures

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE239Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SRP241Community Engagement ^

SRP242Social and Intergenerational Issues ^

SRP243Land Use Planning and Practice ^

Trimester 2

SRD274Planning Studio 2B (2cp) ^

SRP244Land Systems and Planning ^

SRP245Heritage Planning and Environments ^

Level 3

Trimester 1

SRD373Planning Studio 3A +

SRA341The City

SRP341Indigenous Planning and Environments +

SRP342Planning Practice and Ethics +

Trimester 2

SRD374Planning Studio 3B (2cp) +

AIA301Australian Urban Geography: National and International Perspectives

SLE328Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

Trimester 3

SRD462Interdisciplinary Planning and Design Studio 4A +

Level 4

Trimester 1

SRP461Ecological Cities and Futures #

SRR482Research Methods #

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SRR417Thesis (Planning) (2cp) #

plus two elective units

^ available from 2016

+ available from 2017

# available from 2018

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Design (Urban Studies) (S349)