Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

RMIT University

Urban and regional planning is more than just creating physical environments - it's a way of sustainably and equitably changing and shaping the world. Students learn to understand all the influences that affect the way we live, work, play and commute and the many other considerations involved in creating sustainable and liveable cities and regions. This course is suitable for anyone with a passion for geography, urban design, history, economics, politics or environmental studies. Students engage in key areas of planning including land use, transport, conservation and policy. While this course focuses on Melbourne and its surrounds, students are introduced to planning practices across the world. Students learn from and are involved in many real-life projects with leading practitioners. Students have the option of studying overseas in countries with progressive planning systems and participating in international study tours. In fourth year students undertake a placement.

Course Fee:

International: $99,840

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL


Year 1 - By studying Australian society, politics and economics you will better understand the foundations of urban and regional planning. You will also cover the origins and development of planning principles and practices. Year 2 - You will focus on contemporary planning policies together with social science research methods, social planning, urban design and transport planning. Many students opt to study overseas for a semester in year 2. Year 3 - You will specialise in different areas of practice: planning law, regional planning, climate change adaptation, urban economics, natural resource management and planning at local government level. Year 4 - In your final year you will undertake a 60-day, paid work placement as well as study planning theory, planning research methods and structure planning. You will finish by writing either an individual thesis or a major professional report on a chosen topic.

Subjects you can Study:

Climate change impacts, Community development, Economics, Policy studies, Politics, Professional practice, Property, Regional planning, Research methods, Society, Sustainable development, Transport policies, Urban design, Urban planning.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include urban planner, statutory planner, town planner, social planner, environmental planner, subdivisions planner, civil urban planner, urban designer, transport planner, environmental manager, strategic planner, heritage planner, policy maker and advisor.


The RMIT urban and regional planning program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). You will be eligible for student membership. The PIA has mutual recognition of membership status with the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut Canadien des Urbanistes (CIP)

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 70 No Full time 4 years
City 70 No Part time
Founded in 1887, RMIT became a university in 1992. It offers both higher education and vocational education courses with over 82,000 students including 31,160 international students, of whom 18,860 are taught outside Australia (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam).

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