Master of Planning (Professional)

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

The Master of Planning (Professional) is designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing metropolitan, regional and rural environment and produces professionally qualified graduates who are analytical, informed and committed to improving the quality of the urban environment.

Students have the opportunity to specialise in Urban Design, Landscape Environmental Management, Healthy Cities or Cultural Heritage. These specialisations are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.

As a graduate, you’ll understand the broad range of disciplines that need to work together to achieve innovative and effective planning outcomes. You’ll be equipped to collaborate on projects that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.

The Master of Planning (Professional) is ideal if you have a related undergraduate degree or significant professional experience in this field and are looking to up-skill, enhance or broaden your professional qualifications. It is also suitable if you are seeking a career change and have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from another discipline.

This course, professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), has been designed in direct consultation with PIA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)*, Cloud Campus

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

*No intake into this course in 2017.

Note: The Healthy Cities specialisation can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne). Cloud (online) students may be required to attend short campus mode intensive study periods at Waterfront (Geelong). The Healthy Cities specialisation is not available to international students.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Planning (Professional)

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$27,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$9,050 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Deakin code

S764

CRICOS code

073436A

Level

Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline

or

  • 5 years relevant work experience in a planning or equivalent role.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Planning (Professional) has professional accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Career outcomes

There is a critical shortage of skilled, qualified and experienced practitioners, especially in rural and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change. Due to the immense change in the planning and design industry, government and professional bodies are increasingly calling for graduate programs which address this complex array of changes in an integrated way.

The Master of Planning (Professional) can provide you with the skills that will enable you to work across diverse sectors of the planning industry, with the potential to find employment in all aspects of the built environment within the public and private sectors.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities.
  • Apply broad and advanced discipline-specific planning knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.
  • Synthesise knowledge of planning history, theory and practice to research, design, develop and manage planning projects demonstrating initiative and judgement through professional practice and scholarship.
  • Develop in-depth understanding of specialist knowledge, contemporary planning practice and current research directions within the planning discipline.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate, inform, motivate public and private planning decisions and to effect change.
  • Engage stakeholders in ideas and concepts; mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and planning conflicts; and propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.

 

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in planning practice.
  • Apply digital technologies, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address planning problems at different scales and complexities.
  • Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems by comprehending systems and threads
  • Subsequently implement plans in the particular circumstances of a place using the lens and knowledge of existing and past planning theory and practice.

 

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply and develop planning knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on research-based evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.
  • Make appropriate choices in ethically ambiguous situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of planning.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Represent and maintain professional standards and opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in an ethical and timely manner.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary planning problems and thereby demonstrate autonomous and expert judgements.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Produce plans with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining professional opinions and standards.
  • Critically reflect on stakeholders needs and develop processes in order to work efficiently in teams to formulate integrated planning options.
  • Implement designs and plans with a commitment to shared goals by engaging in team processes and applying knowledge of advanced interpersonal skills and time management.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of high ethical professional standards.
  • Interpret and document relevant governance frameworks in the development, implementation and administration of designs, strategic and statutory plans, policies and regulations.

 

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course Structure

To complete the Master of Planning (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points include 10 core units equalling 11 credit points (these are compulsory), 1 four-credit point specialism and 1 elective unit (you can choose which one to study). 

Core

Trimester 1

  • Designing Urban Environments SRD761
  • Urban Dynamics and Change SRP782
  • Research Methodology SRR782

  • Trimester 2

  • Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities HSH724
  • Urban Patterns and Precedents SRA744
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Thesis SRR711 (2 cps)

  • Trimester 3

  • Planning Theory, History and Current Issues SRP733
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design SRD762
  • Planning Processes and Practice SRP781
  • Electives

    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    How to apply

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    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

    Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

    Graduate Diploma of Planning (S663)
    Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)

    Offered campuses

    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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