Master of Planning

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Planning

This course is an exit option only

Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS763

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Please note that students who commenced S764 Master of Planning (Professional) from 2015 onwards are not able to exit with a Master of Planning.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Planning has been designed as an introduction to the challenges of an ever-changing urban, regional and rural environment and can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional).   The course offers the opportunity of cross-faculty specialisation in six key areas which are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.

As a graduate of the course, you will be able to grasp the complexity of projects and understand the broad range of participants that need to work together to achieve sound and effective planning outcomes. You will have a developed understanding of planning across a range of disciplines and will be equipped to collaborate on projects and on processes that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.

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

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

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Alternate exits

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

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Planning, you must successfully complete 12 credit points from the units listed below.

  • 9 core units; and
  • 3 credit points of elective units

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 Health
Infrastructure Planning

Course structure

Trimester 1

AIA718Unit description is currently unavailable

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRR782Research Methodology

Trimester 2

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

Trimester 3

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

Elective Units:

Students may choose any specialisation comprising three elective credit points.

Details of specialisations

Urban Design - unit set code SP-S000057

Waterfront (Geelong)

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRM771Work Place Assessment

Healthy Cities - unit set code SP-S000058

Burwood (Melbourne)

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

HSH740People, Health and Planning

Cultural Heritage - unit set code SP-S000059

Cloud (online)

AIM701Unit description is currently unavailable

AIM703Introduction to Heritage Planning

AIM707Unit description is currently unavailable

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Landscape Environmental Management - unit set code SP-S000080

Waterfront (Geelong)

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures

Infrastructure Planning - unit set code SP-S000081

Waterfront (Geelong)


SEN744Unit description is currently unavailable *

SEN768Unit description is currently unavailable

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRM771Work Place Assessment

* not available from 2016