Urban Policy and Strategy is a unique degree offered by the Faculty of Built Environment for professionals wishing to develop advanced skills in urban management. The program focuses on developing leaders in the field of urban policy. Work in this field is challenging and complex and requires a capacity not only to understand the range of issues confronting urban managers but also to understand how to use and interpret data, to prepare evidence based policy, and to understand core development finance feasibilities.
The program is structured in three phases: understanding the context of cities and regions and their management; the use of tools for policy assessment, development finance and data analysis; and the key issues faced during professional practice. The program covers the drivers of change and theories of cities; the key urban strategy challenges; decision making and policy administration; public and private development finance; policy instruments and their assessment; urban data and modern data tools; advanced research methods; and urban leadership, politics and ethics.
Completion of a recognized bachelor degree
Meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
At the end of the program students will:
have a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice behind the development of urban policy and strategy
have a comprehensive understanding of the key issues driving the management of cities, and be aware of the governance, politics and ethics of managing urban policy
be able to analyse and present concisely the arguments around a policy problem, and understand how to manipulate data to extract the issues for this analysis
have advanced skills in preparing and managing strategic planning processes
have either undertaken an overseas study project or a local consulting project from the beginning analysis through to the end presentation of recommended policy and strategy
MUPS0001 Drivers of Urban Change (6 UOC)
MUPS0002 Strategic Urban Policy (6 UOC)
MUPS0003 Decision Making and Governance (6 UOC)
MUPS0004 Development Economics (6 UOC)
MUPS0005 Impact Assessment (6 UOC)
MUPS0006 Digital Cities (6 UOC)
MUPS0007 Evidence-Based Policy (6 UOC)
BE Select Elective (6UoC)*
Semester 3 (Summer Term)
MUPS0008 International Policy Studio (12 UOC)
MUPS0009 Urban Leadership (6 UOC)
BE Select Elective (6UoC)*
**Students have the option of substituting a 6uoc Core Course with a 6uoc Select Elective in any Semester.
*Currently electives are offered in: Housing, Infrastructure Planning and Procurement and Community Engagement. Urban design may be studied through selected course offerings in the MUDD program.
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