Master of Environmental Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Environmental planning is essential to ensuring the sustainability of places, communities, habitats and regions. Environmental planners ensure that development proposals and resource users conform with legislation and underlying principles of sustainable management. This course provides students with knowledge of these key concepts and their application to a wide range of contexts, both in the natural and human environment. The course develops students' ability to apply their skills in both theoretical and practical settings, with an emphasis on the development of professional experience through teaching activities and work placements.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Environmental Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MEnvPln
Course code
13550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
Social Sciences
CRICOS code
103501M

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 Environmental Planning has the following exit awards: 12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning (24 points) (24 points), 12350 Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 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 School
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)
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-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)
Dr Linda Robson
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.

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.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact 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
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, 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
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days
S2GEOG5006Protected Area Management and Conservation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
4 hours per week
S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
NSPLNG5410Geography, 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
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
36 hours

Coursework and Dissertation

Take all units (24 points):

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

Students without advanced standing take up to 24 points from this group:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
S1, 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.
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/APLNG5512Regional 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.

Coursework only

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
N/APLNG5512Regional 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.
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 without advanced standing take up to 24 points from this group:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management
Up to 6 hours per week which may include seminars/lectures/workshops/dedicated meeting time with the unit coordinator as well as self-directed learning. Delivery of this unit is over two days per week and may include some Saturday sessions.
S1, 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.
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)

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate in Public Policy students: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
This unit will run online with pre-reading from 1 August. Interactive classes will be held 5-9 September. Attendance at these sessions is mandatory. Refer to the LMS page for further information,
N/ALAWS5590Water Resources Law
Prerequisites:
LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions for students who do not have a legal background, except for Master of Environmental Planning students will be required to undertake online learning modules as directed by the Unit Coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

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).

(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. 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

(c) 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:

  • 12250 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning (24 points)
  • 12350 Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Planning course before completing it, but after completing 24 points of core units, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Environmental Planning course before completing it, but after completing 48 points of core units, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Environmental 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, regional or development planning, or human or physical geography, or equivalent, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. 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.

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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides 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. 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.