Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Planning (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073436A
Deakin course codeS764

Note: The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne). Cloud (online) students may be required to attend short campus mode intensive study periods at Waterfront (Geelong).

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Planning (Professional) has been designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing urban, regional and rural environment and to produce professionally qualified graduates who are analytical, informed and committed to improving the quality of the urban environment. The course offers the opportunity of cross-faculty specialisation in five key areas (Urban Design, Landscape Environmental Management, Healthy Cities, Cultural Heritage, Infrastructure Planning), which are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.

As a graduate, you will be able to grasp the complexity of projects and understand the broad range of disciplines and fields that need to work together to achieve innovative, 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 in processes that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.

The Master of Planning (Professional) 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 professional qualifications. It is also suitable if you are seeking a career change and have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from another discipline.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Master of Planning (Professional) has professional accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Career opportunities

There is a critical shortage of skilled, qualified and experienced practitioners, especially in rural and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change. Due to the immense change in the planning and design industry, government and professional bodies are increasingly calling for graduate programs which address this complex array of changes in an integrated way.

The Master of Planning (Professional) can provide you with the skills that will enable you to work across diverse sectors of the planning industry, with the potential to find employment in all aspects of the built environment within the public and private sectors.

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

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Planning (Professional), you must successfully complete 16 credit points from the units listed below.

  • 10 core units (11 credit points)
  • 1 four-credit point specialism from the list below
  • 1 elective unit


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:

Urban Design
Healthy Cities
Cultural Heritage
Landscape Environmental Management
Infrastructure Planning

Course structure

Trimester 1

AIA718Planning Theory, History and Current Issues *

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRR782Research Methodology

*unit recoded SRP733 from 2016 and will only be offered in Trimester 3 at the Waterfront (Geelong) Campus and Cloud (online).

Trimester 2

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRR717Thesis (Planning) (2 cps)

Trimester 3

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

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)

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM703Introduction to Heritage Planning

AIM705Conservation Management Planning

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Landscape Environmental Management - unit set code SP-S000080

Waterfront (Geelong)

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRP761Urban Ecologies and Vegetation

Infrastructure Planning - unit set code SP-S000081

Waterfront (Geelong)

SEN744Water Supply and Wastewater Removal

SEN768Transportation Systems

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRM771Work Place Assessment

Alternate Exits

Graduate Diploma of Planning (S663)

Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)