Learn to specialise in designing and creating the vibrant places and spaces in which we live, work and play. Study how to balance the built and natural environment with community needs, social equity, cultural significance and economic sustainability.

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Master of Planning (Professional)

Many disciplines in one

Students can 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.

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The School of Architecture and Built Environment operates an interdisciplinary research program. Our staff are active researchers who work with built professions and governments, and on consultancy-based projects. This direct connection gives you the opportunity to be involved, have a rewarding experience, and make a difference.

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Recent Deakin research

Understanding country connections

Professor David Jones is a member of the research team for the ‘Being On Country Off Country’ Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project. 

The project aims to explore regional and urban residency relationships in relation to Aboriginal Corporation membership eligibility and to Country self-nurture and custodianship relationships. 

It's highly relevant to Indigenous communities worldwide as people move from their 'Country' to satisfy higher education and employment aspirations. The issues are central to improving Indigenous community engagement in planning.


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

Career opportunities

There is a critical shortage of skilled and experienced planners, especially in urban and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change.

You'll have the opportunity to take advantage of this high demand in Australia or gain employment overseas (Australian qualifications are internationally recognised).

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