Master of Planning (Professional)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Planning (Professional)|
Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)*
|Duration||2 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|CRICOS course code||073436A|
|Deakin course code||S764|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.|
*No intake into this course in 2017.
Note: The Healthy Cities specialisation 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 specialisation is not available to international students.
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Career opportunities
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Details of specialisations
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.
The Master of Planning (Professional) has professional accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
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.
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
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.
Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
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 specialisation from the list below
- 1 elective unit
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
|SRD761||Designing Urban Environments|
|SRP782||Urban Dynamics and Change|
|HSH724||Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities|
|SRA744||Urban Patterns and Precedents|
|SRM781||Managing Change and Innovation|
|SRR711||Thesis (2 cps)|
|SRP733||Planning Theory, History and Current Issues|
|SRD762||Interdisciplinary Planning and Design|
|SRP781||Planning Processes and Practice|
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
|SRD764||Urban Design Studio|
|SRM771||Work Place Assessment|
|HSH709||Health and Social Impact Assessment|
|HSH736||Community Consultation and Participation|
|HSH740||People, Health and Planning|
|SRP761||Ecological Cities and Futures|
|AIM703||Introduction to Heritage Planning|
|AIM705||Conservation Management Planning|
|AIP747||Policy and Program Evaluation|
Landscape Environmental Management
|SRL731||Landscape Narrating and Meaning|
|SRL733||Indigenous Narratives and Processes|
|SRP761||Ecological Cities and Futures|