Master of Urban and Regional Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Urban and regional planners are responsible for ensuring that cities, towns and regions have vibrant economies and communities, provide for a high quality of life, and are environmentally sustainable. To achieve this, planners need a good understanding of the way in which societies, economies and environments operate and interact. This course develops students' knowledge of concepts and methods, in urban and regional planning and their ability to apply research skills to planning issues. The course provides opportunities for both workplace learning and individual research project skills to be developed.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MURPln
Course code
72560
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences
CRICOS code
074960F

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.)
Articulation
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning has the following exit awards: 12990 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points) (24 points), 72360 Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 - 2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Planning Institute Australia.
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 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Maginn
Fees
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Enquiries and course advice

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

Take all units from this group (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:
Either Unit PLNG4402 Planning Law (ID 1878) Or Unit 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.
S1, S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
nil
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.

Coursework and Dissertation

Take units to the value of 24 points from this group.

Dissertation units

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOG5011Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in one of the following units: GEOG5550 Research Design, SOCS5003 Research Design, MIXD4001 Designing Social Research or MIXD5005 Designing Social Research and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOG5012Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
Supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2GEOG5013Dissertation (Geography, Planning, Environment and Development) Part 3
Prerequisites:
MIXD5005 Designing Social Research GEOG5011 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1 GEOG5012 Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
supervision sessions with one or two supervisors over two semesters; independent research and study. Students are guided in this process through an induction program starting the week before semester.
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
Prerequisites:
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units; for other students: none.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
up to 30 hours

Take at least 1 unit (6 points) from Group A:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact 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:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
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.

Take at least 1 unit (6 points) from Group B:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
36 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)

Coursework only

Take at least 1 unit (6 points) from Group A:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact 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:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
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.

Take at least 1 unit (6 points) from Group B:

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
36 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)

Select option units as required from Group C.
For coursework only students, the total points from Groups A, B and C must equal 30 points.

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ARCT5582 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week)
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit 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:
For students in the Master of Environmental Science: 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
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)
S2PUBH5783Health in an Era of Environmental Change
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
online lectures and discussions: 3 hours per week

Take 1 unit (6 points) from this group:

Practicum requirement

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PARL5599WA Parliamentary Research Program
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in and completion of at least 48 points in the any one of the following courses: Master of Urban and Regional Planning; Environmental Science; Public Policy or Faculty Approval. Acceptance is also subject to Faculty placement and prior approval of availability in student study plans for this unit
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
PARL3399 WA Parliamentary Research Program
150 hours of study
S1, S2PLNG5410Geography, Planning, Environment and Development Practicum
Prerequisites:
All other core units of your study programme and approval of the unit co-ordinator and programme co-ordinator (Dr. Linda Robson)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
practicum: 100 hours; workshops/journal and presentation preparation: 50 hours. 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

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; or

(2) completion of the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning; or

(3) Significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.

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) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 12990 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points)
  • 72360 Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including at least 12 points of core units, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5 including at least 24 points of core units, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed prior tertiary studies in urban and regional planning, or social and human geography, or equivalent, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they—

(a) within a calendar year, fail more than half the units they remained enrolled in after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty;

or

(b) fail a core unit; or

(c) fail a core unit twice.

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(a) or (b) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

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

(c) a student who does make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8(c) 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
Research project

14. Students who request approval to undertake a research project in this course must—

first complete SOCS5003 (or equivalent research design unit) and obtain a mark of at least 70%, prior to progressing to the 18 point dissertation units.