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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Masters (Coursework)

Graduate confident and well prepared for work, with skills gained through a program designed in consultation with industry to provide you with the ideal balance of theoretical content and practical experience.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time
Course Code
5559, 077535K
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
International Fees
$41,040 per year / $82,080 total

About this course

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is designed for recent graduates in any field, and for established planning professionals.

For your two years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll select from more than 20 courses, providing you with advanced knowledge of strategic structural and statutory approaches to improve built and natural environments. You'll address current problems facing cities and discuss the needs and capabilities for the future.

Courses cover the legislative frameworks controlling land use, address key issues in resource management and environmental planning, examine the role of communities in planning processes, and explore the design dimension of urban planning.

You can develop your problem-solving skills during the Planning Practicum course, undertake 200 hours of workplace experience in a planning organisation in Australia or overseas, or take the Understanding Development Complexities course to explore poverty alleviation, governance structures and the "politics of aid" on a 2-week field trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

See the work of our planning academics and students via the UQ Urban Planning Blog.

UQ graduates are sought after by employers for their ability to make environmentally, socially and economically sustainable decisions, and can expect to find employment in a variety of roles in both public and private sectors.

Study locations

St Lucia


What you will learn

  • Learn from Australia's best planning practitioners in a program recognised by employers as delivering high-quality, job-ready graduates.
  • Tailor your program to match your career goals through practical and flexible elective courses.
  • Benefit from collaborative learning spaces, such as the $1.5 million Planning Studio, that allow you to integrate maps, plans and computers while working together as a group and with external bodies to address real planning challenges.

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Urban planner
  • Regional planner
  • Urban engineer
  • Heritage conservation officer
  • Resource manager
  • Transport planner
  • Strategic land use planner
  • Statutory planner
  • Regional development officer
  • Development assessment officer