As we adapt to global changes that impact our cities including climate change, deepening inequality, concerns for community health and safety, and the emergence of global city-regions, planning has never been more critical.
The Master of Urban Planning is a professional degree that focuses on Australian and international policy and planning pertaining to human settlements and how we cope with these challenging population and environmental issues.
In the Master of Urban Planning, you will examine the interaction between people, the places they live and the policies that help shape economically viable, socially just, environmentally sustainable, safe and healthy communities. You will explore:
The frameworks and operations of different planning systems and debates
Different perspectives on urban problems, policies, planning and practices
Planning in relation to critical issues such as housing, energy, health, strategy, transport, economy and disaster recovery
The way in which planning decisions impact on real world situations
You need to meet the following criteria for successful entry to the program:
A minimum three-year undergraduate degree with a weighted average of at least 65% in the final two years or equivalent
Submission of a personal statement of up to 1,000 words outlining relevant prior study and work experience, and motivation to undertake the program
To complete the Master of Urban Planning you will undertake:
Eight core subjects: Core subjects provide you with the knowledge and technical skills needed to generate, evaluate, and implement plans as well as insight into economic and environmental change in cities.
Four specialisation subjects: You complete four subjects in one of the following areas of specialisation:
International development planning
Urban development and planning
Social and community planning
Research thesis: You can develop an area of particular interest, analysing a complex urban planning issue in a complex policy environment.
Two electives: You choose two electives from other disciplines at the Melbourne School of Design or other faculties in subjects such as such as economics, engineering, public health, development studies, social work and law. Planners work with many other disciplines in practice and these subjects prepare you to work effectively in industry.
NEW: Vocational Placement at MSD
For the first time at Melbourne School of Design, students of the Master of Urban Planning will be able to undertake a vocational placement. This is an opportunity for students to gain first hand understanding of urban planning in practice.
The placement is offered as an elective and students are expected to initiate their own placements with a relevant organisation, working for 120 hours in total.
ABPL90307 MSD Vocational Placement can be undertaken in Semester 1, Semester 2 or another study period by negotiation with the Master of Urban Planning Academic Co-ordinator, Professor Sun Sheng Han, and the host organisation.
The subject is for unpaid work in a related planning field for 120 hours with a 5000 word assessment component. Please note that the work for the 5000 word assessment is included in the 120 hours. If you successfully complete the subject, you will receive 12.5 points credit towards multi-disciplinary electives in the Master of Urban Planning.
In most cases, students will be responsible for initiating their own placement with an organisation. Interested students need to approach an organisation to obtain an in-principle agreement. It is suggested students print a copy of the handbook subject description (link above) to show the organisation and to explain the subject.
Many Master of Urban Planning graduates enter the public sector and work in government departments and agencies, or for local councils and regions.
The private sector and civil society, within Australia and internationally, offers an increasing range of employment opportunities, including urban planning and design, environmental and transport planning consultancies, property development companies, and housing and community advocacy. There are also opportunities in tertiary education and research.
Urban planners work with teams of related professionals such as architects, landscape architects, engineers, environmental scientists, economists, property valuers, real estate developers, lawyers and sociologists.
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