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Graduate Diploma of Planning

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Planning

This course is an exit option only

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS663

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Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Planning can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional). The course is made up of 8 credit points of study that will help you to consolidate your understanding of planning from a variety of cross-discipline perspectives.


As a graduate of the course you will be able to contribute to a variety of areas across a range of planning issues and be broadly equipped to collaborate on projects within the public and private sectors.


The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne).


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Planning, you must successfully complete 8 credit points from the units listed below.

  • 4 compulsory core units; and
  • 4 credit points of electives

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Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.



Specialisations are available in the following areas:


Urban Design
Healthy Cities
Cultural Heritage

Landscape Environmental Management 

Infrastructure and Planning 


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Course structure

Choose any four core units from the following:


Trimester 1

AIA718 Planning Theory, History and Current Issues  

SRD761 Designing Urban Environments  

SRP782 Urban Dynamics and Change  

SRR782 Research Methodology  


Trimester 2

SRA744 Urban Patterns and Precedents  

HSH724 "Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  

SRM781 Managing Change and Innovation  

SRP781 Planning Processes and Practice  


Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  


Elective Units

Students may choose any specialisation comprising four elective credit points.

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Details of specialisations

Urban Design - unit set code SP-S000057

Waterfront (Geelong)


SRA742 Urban Perspectives  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies  

SRD764 Urban Design Studio  

SRM771 Work Place Assessment  

Healthy Cities - unit set code SP-S000058

Burwood (Melbourne)


HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment  

HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation  

HSH724 "Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  

HSH740 People, Health and Planning  

Cultural Heritage - unit set code SP-S000059

Cloud (online)


AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity  

AIM703 Introduction to Heritage Planning  

AIM707 Introduction to Traditional Buildings  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

Landscape and Environmental Health - unit set code SP-S000080

Waterfront (Geelong)


SRL731 Landscape Narrating and Meaning  

SRL733 Indigenous Narratives and Processes  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies  

SRP761 Urban Ecologies and Vegetation  

Infrastructure Planning - unit set code SP-S000081

Waterfront (Geelong)


SEN744 Water Supply and Wastewater Removal  

SEN768 Transportation Systems  

SRT750 Sustainable Futures  

SRM771 Work Place Assessment  


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