Master of Urban Design

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Urban Design

Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)

Cloud (online)No
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

No intake in 2015

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code073319F
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code S702
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

There will be no intake into this course in 2016.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Urban Design aims to provide a postgraduate pathway that promotes a high standard of skill and knowledge acquisition in developing innovative sustainable design solutions for the urban environment. The course promotes a high level of strategic thinking for implementing effective change management practices and is designed for graduates who wish to practice as an urban designer in order to improve the quality and development of our towns and city scapes.  Students will:

  • evaluate theory and practice within contemporary international contexts
  • critique historical and current practices through inquiry and rigorous analytical methods
  • integrate and apply theory and practice-based knowledge and skills within a collaborative design studio.

Opportunities are provided to undertake an authentic case study and to reflect and critique current or proposed practices through a design thesis and work place assessment.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

Urban design is a trans-discipline profession which sits at the juncture of urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture, and is informed by the dynamic interaction of the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental pressures of the industry.

Graduates may find employment in various fields of the built environment, in the public and private sectors. The program aims to produce professionals who provide leadership, challenge conventional thinking and use theory and critical reflective practice within our complex urban environments.

Graduates will have a developed understanding across a range of disciplines and will be equipped to collaborate on projects in delivering integrated solutions for both the public and private realms. This course has been developed for people who wish to practice as an urban designer in order to improve the quality and development of our towns and city scapes, and will enable students to augment their professional skills in place-making, advanced integrated design, sustainable urban ecologies, and change-management practices.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 12 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 10 core units (11 credit points)
  • one elective unit from any approved ‘SR Level 7' coded unit

Course structure

Core Units

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRR782Research Methodology

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRR718Thesis (Urban Design) (2cps)

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project

SRM752Advanced Project Management

Elective unit

Plus one elective unit from any approved "SR Level 7' coded unit.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants will normally have successfully completed an approved Bachelor's level degree (or equivalent) in a related (built environment or design related) discipline, comprising at least three years of study.  Where a degree has not been completed,  alternative admission criteria may include demonstrable professional experience in a built environment or design related area, comprising at least 5 years.

Closing dates

Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Urban Design (S502)
Graduate Diploma of Urban Design (S602)