Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Planning (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code073436A
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code S764
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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).

Course sub-headings

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 four key areas (Urban Design, Landscape Environmental Management, Healthy Cities and Cultural Heritage), 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).

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

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.

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)
  • 1 four-credit point specialism from the list below
  • 1 elective unit


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:

Urban Design
Healthy Cities
Cultural Heritage
Landscape Environmental Management

Course structure

Trimester 1

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRR782Research Methodology

Trimester 2

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRR717Thesis (Planning) (2 cps)

Trimester 3

SRP733Planning Theory, History and Current Issues

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants will normally have successfully completed an approved bachelors level degree (or equivalent) in a related or non-related area, comprising at least three years of study. Alternative admission criteria includes demonstrable professional experience, comprising at least five years of documented experience in a planning or an equivalent role.

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 that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning in your application. 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 Diploma of Planning (S663)

Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)

Income support

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.