Master of Urban Design

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Urban Design
Campus

Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)

Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073319F
Deakin course codeS702

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Urban Design aims to provide a postgraduate pathway that promotes a high standard of skill and knowledge acquisition in developing innovative sustainable design solutions for the urban environment. The course promotes a high level of strategic thinking for implementing effective change management practices and is designed for graduates who wish to practice as an urban designer in order to improve the quality and development of our towns and city scapes.  Students will:

  • evaluate theory and practice within contemporary international contexts
  • critique historical and current practices through inquiry and rigorous analytical methods
  • integrate and apply theory and practice-based knowledge and skills within a collaborative design studio.

Opportunities are provided to undertake an authentic case study and to reflect and critique current or proposed practices through a design thesis and work place assessment.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Career opportunities

Urban design is a trans-discipline profession which sits at the juncture of urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture, and is informed by the dynamic interaction of the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental pressures of the industry.

Graduates may find employment in various fields of the built environment, in the public and private sectors. The program aims to produce professionals who provide leadership, challenge conventional thinking and use theory and critical reflective practice within our complex urban environments.

Graduates will have a developed understanding across a range of disciplines and will be equipped to collaborate on projects in delivering integrated solutions for both the public and private realms. This course has been developed for people who wish to practice as an urban designer in order to improve the quality and development of our towns and city scapes, and will enable students to augment their professional skills in place-making, advanced integrated design, sustainable urban ecologies, and change-management practices.

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Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 12 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 10 core units (11 credit points)
  • one elective unit from any approved ‘SR Level 7' coded unit

Course structure

Core Units

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRR782Research Methodology

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRR718Thesis (Urban Design) (2cps)

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project

SRM752Advanced Project Management

Elective unit

Plus one elective unit from any approved "SR Level 7' coded unit.