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Master of Planning

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Award granted Master of Planning

This course is an exit option only

Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Deakin course code S763

Please refer to the Master of Planning (Professional) S764

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Course overview

The Master of Planning has been designed as an introduction to the challenges of an ever-changing urban, regional and rural environment and can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional).   The course offers the opportunity of cross-faculty specialisation in six key areas which are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.


As a graduate of the course, you will be able to grasp the complexity of projects and understand the broad range of participants that need to work together to achieve 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 on processes that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.


The Master of Planning 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 qualifications. It is also suitable if you are seeking a career change and have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline.


The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne).


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Planning, you must successfully complete 12 credit points from the units listed below.

  • 9 core units; and
  • 3 credit points of elective units

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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  


Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  


Elective Units:

Students may choose any specialisation comprising three elective credit points.

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Alternate exits

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

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8th June 2007