UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

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.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate certificate
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Mid-year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S2 = Semester 2

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

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) enrolment in the Master of Landscape Architecture (25550)
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.
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
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 honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 module

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).

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

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 and Regional Planning; or

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

  • 12290 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points)
  • 72560 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE 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. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

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. This rule is not applicable to this course.