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Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for current students

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).

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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.

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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)
Graduate Diploma of Planning (S663)
Master of Planning (S763)

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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 (Professional), you must successfully complete 16 credit points from the units listed below.

  • 10 core units (11 credit points); and
  • 5 credit points of elective units

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Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.



Students may choose to:

  • customise their own suite of electives by individually selecting all of their elective options from the following list of units on offer, or
  • streamline their course by focusing on one of the five specialisms below, each comprising four prescribed electives, and selecting the remaining electives from the other units on offer.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:


Urban Design

Healthy Cities
Cultural Heritage

Landscape Environmental Management
Infrastructure Planning

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Course structure

Trimester 1

AIA718 Planning Theory, History and Current Issues  

SRD761 Designing Urban Environments  

SRP782 Urban Dynamics and Change  

SRR782 Research Methodology  


Trimester 2

SRA744 Urban Patterns and Precedents  

HSH724 "Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  

SRM781 Managing Change and Innovation  

SRP781 Planning Processes and Practice  

SRR717 Thesis (Planning)  (2 cps)


Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  

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Details of specialisations

Urban Design - unit set code SP-S000057

Waterfront (Geelong)


SRA742 Urban Perspectives  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies  

SRD764 Urban Design Studio  

SRM771 Work Place Assessment  

Healthy Cities - unit set code SP-S000058

Burwood (Melbourne)


HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment  

HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation  

HSH724 "Glocal" Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  

HSH740 People, Health and Planning  

Cultural Heritage - unit set code SP-S000059

Cloud (online)


AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity  

AIM703 Introduction to Heritage Planning  

AIM707 Introduction to Traditional Buildings  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

Landscape Environmental Management - unit set code SP-S000080

Waterfront (Geelong)


SRL731 Landscape Narrating and Meaning  

SRL733 Indigenous Narratives and Processes  

SRA760 Urban Ecologies  

SRP761 Urban Ecologies and Vegetation  

Infrastructure Planning - unit set code SP-S000081

Waterfront (Geelong)


SEN744 Water Supply and Wastewater Removal  

SEN768 Transportation Systems  

SRT750 Sustainable Futures  

SRM771 Work Place Assessment  


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