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 Environmental Planning

This course provides an introduction to environmental planning with a focus on highly topical areas. Following an introduction to planning practice, the course develops your skills in applied environmental planning and focuses on planning in coastal areas and urban heritage. This course is suitable as an introduction to the discipline and for professionals seeking career development.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Environmental 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
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:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
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, S2ENVT4421Fundamentals of Environmental Management
enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) and completion of 24 points or 24 points of credit
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
ENVT4404 Environmental Planning and Management
S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days

Take 6 points from this group:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent or higher, or approval of unit coordinator
EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
3 hours per week (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
One day a week over six weeks.

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 Environmental 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. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

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.