Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 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). The Healthy Cities specialism is not available to international students.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Planning (Professional) is designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing metropolitan, regional and rural environment and produces professionally qualified graduates who are analytical, informed and committed to improving the quality of the urban environment.

Students have the opportunity to specialise in Urban Design, Landscape Environmental Management, Healthy Cities or Cultural Heritage. These specialisations are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.

As a graduate, you’ll understand the broad range of disciplines that need to work together to achieve innovative and effective planning outcomes. You’ll be equipped to collaborate on projects that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.

The Master of Planning (Professional) is ideal 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.

This course, professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), has been designed in direct consultation with PIA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

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.

Alternative exits

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

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

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
$8,951$26,000$30,000

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

To complete the Master of Planning (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points include 10 core units equalling 11 credit points (these are compulsory), 1 four-credit point specialism from the list below and 1 elective unit (you can choose which one to study). 

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

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure

Core

Trimester 1

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRR782Research Methodology


Trimester 2

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRR717Thesis (Planning) (2 cps)


Trimester 3

SRP733Planning Theory, History and Current Issues

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

 

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

Details of specialisations

Urban Design

Campuses

Waterfront (Geelong)


Unit set code

SP-S000057


Units

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRM771Work Place Assessment

Healthy Cities

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Unit set code

SP-S000058


Units

HSH709Health and Social Impact Assessment

HSH736Community Consultation and Participation

HSH740People, Health and Planning

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures

Cultural Heritage

Campuses

Cloud (online)


Unit set code

SP-S000059


Units

AIM734Understanding Significance

AIM703Introduction to Heritage Planning

AIM705Conservation Management Planning

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Landscape Environmental Management

Campuses

Waterfront (Geelong)


Unit set code

SP-S000080


Units

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures