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Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for local students

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), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2014$8,560* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$23,250* - Full-fee paying place
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LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code073436A
Deakin course code S764

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 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.

 

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).

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full-time load. Eight credit points is the standard full-time load for one year of study.

Fee Paying Place - Domestic (DFP)
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.

 

Fee Paying Places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.

 

The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

 

Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

 

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative annual course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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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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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Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

 

 

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
Urban Change Brokering
Healthy Cities
Cultural Heritage
Public Policy and Governance

Environmental Management

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Course structure

Trimester 1

AIA718 Planning Theory, History and Current Issues  

SRD761 Designing Urban Environments  

SRP782 Urban Dynamics and Change  

 

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  

SRR717 Thesis (Planning)  (2 cps)

 

Trimester 3

SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  

 

Non-Discipline based Electives:

SRR782 Research Methodology  

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)
Graduate Diploma of Planning (S663)
Master of Planning (S763)
 

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