Master of Urban Design (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course is offered by the School of Design and delivered by the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. Students develop in-depth understanding of urban design theories and issues; techniques of urban analysis; and skills for the design and development of cities and urban places. Through their research by dissertation and/or design they design and implement a process to resolve a complex urban problem.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Urban Design (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MUrbDes
Course code
25530
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
UWA Design School
CRICOS code
074757J

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Jill Penter
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

FA-ENVPL Environmental Planning
FA-LDARC Landscape Design
FA-URPLN Urban and Regional Planning

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Students in Course by Coursework only must select a Focus Area and 12 points of Option units.

Students in Course by Coursework and Dissertation are not required to take any Option units.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARLA4506Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture; URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1, S2URBD5802Urban Design Studio 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
36 hours
S1, S2URBD5804Urban Design Studio 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
72 (lectures: 12 hours; workshops/design critiques: 60 hours)
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

Students completing this degree by coursework only, select units from this group to the value of 12 points.

Coursework Option Units

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ARCT5521Empowering Communities Through Design
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
3 hours per week
S1ARCT5576Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/site visits: 11 hours
N/AARCT5577Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ARCT5505 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5885Bio-Based Materials in Global Settings
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 1 hour; workshop/practical classes; 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 25530 Master of Urban Design or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72560 Master of Urban and Regional Planning or 71550 Master of International Development or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 13550 Master of Environmental Planning and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S1ENVT5561GIS and Spatial Analysis: Multifunctional Landscapes
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications or GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ENVT5508 Advanced Spatial Analytics and Unit(s) ENVT5563 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Waterway Restoration and Unit(s) ENVT5562 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Coastal Resilience and Unit(s) ENVT5565 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Sensor Networks and Unit(s) ENVT5564 GIS and Spatial Analysis: Contaminated Sites
150
S2GEOG4001Migration and Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 5 hours per week for 8 weeks (block taught with a 2-hour teaching block, followed by a break of at least 1 hour, then a 3-hour teaching block—all on the same day)
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice (12 points)
Prerequisites:
or Unit(s) PLNG4402 Planning Law (ID 1878) Or Unit(s) PLNG4404 Statutory Planning (ID 1880)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
N/APLNG4402Planning Law
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4413 Principles of Land Development and Control
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG4404Statutory Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
nil
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) Or Master of Landscape Architecture (25550) Or Master of Environmental Planning (13550)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG5405Principles of Urban and Regional Economics
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
20 hours over 10 weeks split between lectures and seminars
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Curriculum Studies (32510) or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or enrolment in Master of Environmental Planning (13550) or enrolment in honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One day a week over six weeks.
S1PLNG5512Regional Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Three face-to-face (2-hour) lectures before, and one (2-hour) lecture after the four-day field trip to be held in February. (Charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities
NS, S1, S2WILG5002Professional Development Practicum B
Prerequisites:
Master of Strategic Communications students: completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator. All other postgraduate students:completion of 36 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

For students completing the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (48 points).

Dissertation

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2URBD5821Urban Design Dissertation (full-time) (48 points)
Prerequisites:
A weighted average mark in the first year (48 points) Master of Urban Design of at least 60% or equivalent as recognised by the School on the recommendation of the Urban Design Program (UDP) Academic Committee
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2URBD5822Urban Design Dissertation (part-time) (48 points)
Prerequisites:
A weighted average mark in the first year (48 points) Master of Urban Design of at least 60% or equivalent as recognised by the School on the recommendation of the Urban Design Program (UDP) Academic Committee
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Environmental Planning (focus area)

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S1PLNG5512Regional Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Three face-to-face (2-hour) lectures before, and one (2-hour) lecture after the four-day field trip to be held in February. (Charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2URBD5806Urban Design Capstone Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points in the Master of Urban Design including URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 and URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Up to 6 hours per week of lectures and workshops

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4421Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or 25530 Master of Urban Design or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning or 13550 Master of Environmental Planning and Successful completion of 24 points in your chosen degree
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
S2ENVT5518The Sustainable Development Goals
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 25530 Master of Urban Design or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72560 Master of Urban and Regional Planning or 71550 Master of International Development or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 13550 Master of Environmental Planning and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week

Landscape Design (focus area)

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
S1LACH5424Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1, S2URBD5806Urban Design Capstone Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points in the Master of Urban Design including URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 and URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Up to 6 hours per week of lectures and workshops

Urban and Regional Planning (focus area)

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice (12 points)
Prerequisites:
or Unit(s) PLNG4402 Planning Law (ID 1878) Or Unit(s) PLNG4404 Statutory Planning (ID 1880)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) Or Master of Landscape Architecture (25550) Or Master of Environmental Planning (13550)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2URBD5806Urban Design Capstone Studio (12 points)
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points in the Master of Urban Design including URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 and URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Up to 6 hours per week of lectures and workshops

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Urban Design; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Urban Design or Graduate Diploma in Urban Design at UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 25210 Graduate Certificate in Urban Design (24 points)
  • 25310 Graduate Diploma in Urban Design (48 points)
  • 25530 Master of Urban Design (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Urban Design course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points which must include course core units and focus area units. The course comprises the following focus areas:

  • FA-ENVPL Environmental Planning
  • FA-LDARC Landscape Design
  • FA-URPLN Urban and Regional Planning

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) Subject to (2) and (3), to make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) Students who remain enrolled in URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 or URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2 after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty in two or more teaching periods in a calendar year must pass at least one of those units.

(3) Students who fail URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 or URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2 must pass that unit at the next attempt.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Restriction on enrolment

14. A student must not enrol in URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1 and URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2 in the same semester.