Planning is a professional discipline focused on influencing towns, cities and regions by managing development, infrastructure and services. Planners, also known as 'urban planners' or 'town planners' specialise in designing and creating the vibrant places and spaces in which we live, work and play by balancing the built and natural environment with community needs, social equity, cultural significance and economic sustainability.

*There will be no intake into the Bachelor of Planning (Honours) in 2016.

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Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Planning (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of Planning (Professional)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Study undergraduate planning at Deakin

Multidisciplinary perspective

Deakin's Bachelor of Planning (Honours) is a distinctive course that brings together the disciplines of planning, design, urban studies and society in a single degree program. This unique course will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to practice as professional planners with a broad view of society, business and citizenship.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Planning (Honours) has been designed in consultation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) with the objective of attaining accreditation as a course recognised toward corporate membership. The course currently has professional accreditation from PIA.

Respond to industry demand

There is a critical shortage of skilled and experienced planners, especially in urban and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change. Graduates have the opportunity to take advantage of this high demand in Australia or gain employment overseas (Australian qualifications are internationally recognised).

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Industry Experience

Industry placements and work integrated learning opportunities are available in the Bachelor of Planning (Honours). As a student, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry guest speakers, develop professional networks and gain valuable hands-on experience before you graduate.

Study postgraduate planning at Deakin

Focus on global issues

Deakin's Master of Planning (Professional) addresses and responds to the emerging issues confronting our cities and regions globally – such as climate change, a low carbon future and demographic shift. Graduates of the course are equipped with the understanding and skills to confidently contribute to creative and relevant solutions.

Practical implementation

The course has a strong emphasis on practical implementation using an understanding of urban dynamics and delivery mechanisms to influence quality outcomes to provide graduates with skills to work across diverse sectors of the built environment industry.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Planning (Professional) has professional accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Why study planning at Deakin?


You will study in first-class facilities at Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus, winner of three prestigious Australian Institute of Architects awards for design excellence. The Campus is located about 50 minutes by car or train from Melbourne and a short walk from Geelong Railway Station. It is on the edge of the Geelong CBD and features an expansive modern studio, a fully equipped workshop, photographic studio and computer laboratories.

Flexible learning

A range of units in both undergraduate and postgraduate planning courses are available via cloud (online) learning. These units can be taken as part of a full-time or part-time degree and some units are even available during Trimester 3. You can take advantage of this flexibility to study when, where and how you like, and to fit your studies around your work and personal commitments.


Deakin University offers scholarships for academic excellence, access and equity, accommodation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ensuring higher education is accessible for all members of the community.


As cities and towns continue to grow, there is increasing demand for planners to manage change. Not only do planners assess development proposals and devise policies to guide future development, they also work in areas as diverse as housing, energy, health, education, communications, leisure, tourism and transport. They frequently work with engineers, architects, building surveyors, economists, developers, politicians, scientists, and environmental scientists to create new, and revitalise existing, public spaces, conserve places of heritage and enhance community value. 

There is high demand for planners in Australia and the employment prospects are excellent for professionals with an interest in and commitment to the creation, planning and design of innovative, liveable and sustainable environments and strong communities. Deakin's Planning courses can provide you with skills that will enable you to work across diverse sectors of the planning industry.

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