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Master of Planning (Professional)

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Award granted Master of Planning (Professional)

Offered at Geelong Waterfront Campus, Off campus

Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073436A
Deakin course codeS764

Note: The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in the on-campus mode at the Melbourne Burwood campus. Off-campus students may be required to attend short on-campus intensive study periods at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

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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 six key areas (Urban Design, Urban Change Brokering, Healthy Cities, Cultural Heritage, Public Policy and Governance and Environmental Management), 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.

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.

  • 9 core units (10 credit points); and
  • 6 credit points of elective units

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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 six 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 (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)  

SRR717 Thesis (Planning) (S, X)  (2 cps)


Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design (S, X)  


Non-Discipline based Electives:

SRR782 Research Methodology (S, X)  

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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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