Course overview

Description

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 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 / 2023
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.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

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 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
NS
non-standard teaching period

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

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):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARLA4506Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Incompatibility
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar.
LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture.
URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
1 hour lecture; 2 hours tutorial
S2URBD5802Urban Design Studio 2 (12 points)None6 hours studio per week
S1URBD5803Sustainability and CitiesNone1 hour lecture; 2 hours tutorial per week
S1URBD5804Urban Design Studio 1 (12 points)None6 hours studio per week
S2URBD5805Contemporary UrbanismNone1 hour lecture; 2 hours tutorial per week
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
3 hours seminar per week

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

Coursework Option Units

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ARCT5521Empowering Communities Through DesignNone3 hours per week
S1ARCT5576Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Incompatibility
ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/site visits: 11 hours
S2ARCT5577Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
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 SettingsNonelectures: 1 hour; workshop/practical classes; 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
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
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
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 DevelopmentNoneworkshops: 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)
S1GEOG4003Fundamentals of PlanningNoneVideo presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
N/AGEOG5002Development PracticeNonelectures/in-class workshops: 5 hours per week (for 9 weeks); reading/ researching/writing: 13 hours per week (for 8 weeks)
S2GEOG5006Protected Area Management and ConservationNone4 hours per week
S2LACH4421Australian LandscapesNoneseminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban EcologyNoneseminar (lectures: 1 hour per week and seminars: 3 hours per week)
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape ArchitectureNoneseminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1PLNG5405Principles of Urban and Regional EconomicsNone20 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.
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 PlanningNoneOne day a week over six weeks.
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
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
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

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2URBD5821Urban Design Dissertation (full-time) (24 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
up to 3 hours per week consultation
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
up to 3 hours per week consultation

Environmental Planning (focus area)

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
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.
S1GEOG4003Fundamentals of PlanningNoneVideo presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
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.
Incompatibility
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
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
6 hours studio per week

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

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit 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
Co-requisites
Enrolment in
72530 Master of Environmental Science
Or Enrolment in
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
Or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
Or 25530 Master of Urban Design
Or 12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning
Or 13550 Master of Environmental Planning
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
Lectures: 2 hours per week for nine weeks; workshop/practical classes: 2 hours a week for nine weeks
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban EcologyNoneseminar (lectures: 1 hour per week and seminars: 3 hours per week)

Landscape Design (focus area)

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2LACH4421Australian LandscapesNoneseminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban EcologyNoneseminar (lectures: 1 hour per week and seminars: 3 hours per week)
S1LACH5424Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
Incompatibility
LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity
studio: up to 9 hours per week
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
6 hours studio per week

Urban and Regional Planning (focus area)

Take all units (36 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1GEOG4003Fundamentals of PlanningNoneVideo presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
N/AGEOG5002Development PracticeNonelectures/in-class workshops: 5 hours per week (for 9 weeks); reading/ researching/writing: 13 hours per week (for 8 weeks)
S2GEOG5006Protected Area Management and ConservationNone4 hours per week
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.
Incompatibility
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
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
6 hours studio per week

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. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'

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.