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Master of Planning

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Award granted Master of Planning

This course is an exit option only

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

Please refer to the Master of Planning (Professional) S764

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. 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 the on-campus mode at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

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Alternate exits

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

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

  • 8 core units; and
  • 4 credit points of elective units

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Major sequences

Specialisations are available in the following areas:


Urban Design (S)
Urban Change Brokering (X)
Healthy Cities (B)
Cultural Heritage (X)
Public Policy and Governance (X)
Environmental Management (X)

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Course structure


Trimester 1

AIA718 Planning Theory, History and Current Issues (B, X)  

SRD761 Designing Urban Environments (X)  

SRP782 Urban Dynamics and Change (S, X)  


Trimester 2

SRA744 Urban Patterns and Precedents (X)  

HSH724 Local Action for Healthy Cities and Communities (X)  

SRM781 Managing Change and Innovation (S, X)  

SRP781 Planning Processes and Practice (S, X)  


Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design (S, X)  


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

SRA742 Urban Perspectives (S, X)  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies (S, X)  

SRD764 Urban Design Studio (S)  

SRM771 Work Place Assessment (X)  

Urban Change Brokering - unit set code SP-S000062

SRM771 Work Place Assessment (X)  

MMP742 Investment Valuation (ONLINE)  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies (S, X)  

SRM752 Advanced Project Management (X)  

Healthy Cities - unit set code SP-S000058

HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment (B)  

HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation   

HSH724 Local Action for Healthy Cities and Communities (X)  

HSH740 People, Health and Planning   

Cultural Heritage - unit set code SP-S000059

AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity (B, X)  

AIM703 Introduction to Heritage Planning   

AIM707 Introduction to Traditional Buildings (X)  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation (X)  

Public Policy and Governance - unit set code SP-S000060

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis (X)  

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations (X)  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation (X)  

ASD711 Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning (X)  

Environmental Management - unit set code SP-S000061

SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development (X)  

SLE720 Risk Assessment and Control (X, ONLINE)  

SLE725 Environmental Management Systems (X)  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies (S, X)  


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