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Master of Urban Design

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Award granted Master of Urban Design
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073319F
Deakin course codeS702

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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Alternate Exits

Graduate Diploma of Urban Design (S602)

Graduate Certificate of Urban Design (S502)

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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

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

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Course structure

Core Units


SRA742 Urban Perspectives  

SRD761 Designing Urban Environments  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies  

SRR782 Research Methodology  

SRD764 Urban Design Studio  

SRM781 Managing Change and Innovation  

SRR718 Thesis (Urban Design)  (2cps)

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  

SRV799 Built Environment Integrated Project  

SRM752 Advanced Project Management  


Elective unit

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



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