The Graduate Diploma is the second tier of a sequence of postgraduate programs in Urban Policy and Strategy. It is typically undertaken over one year. The program is a unique degree offered by the Faculty of Built Environment for professionals wishing to develop advanced skills in urban management. 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. Courses in the program are delivered in intensive teaching blocks in order to enable those still working to participate.
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:
understand 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 the skills necessary to prepare and manage strategic planning processes
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Urban Policy and Strategy students will be required to complete a program of study totaling 48 UOC. Students must complete 6 or 7 of the following core courses (a total of 36 or 42 UOC) and 1 or 2 of BE (Built Environment) select electives (a total of 6 or 12 UOC) to complement their core courses and to achieve the program study required total of 48 UOC:
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 courses:
BENV7307 Writing the City (6 UOC)
BENV7732 Sustainable Infrastructure (6 UOC)
BENV7810 Infrastructure Planning (6 UOC)
BENV7811 Urban Renewal (6 UOC)
PLAN7156 Housing Policy (6 UOC)
PLAN7157 Engaging Communities (6 UOC)
Urban design may also be studied as an elective through selected course offerings in the Master of Urban Development and Design (MUDD) program.
Additional electives may also be offered in a particular semester. Students are advised to contact the Program Director prior to enrolment for information about the availability of courses in a particular semester.
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