Master of Planning (Urban Design)

The University of Adelaide

Urban designers transform streets, squares, malls and other public areas to enhance community, cultivate culture and draw people. They are creative and strategic. They make sure the city areas experienced by residents, workers, shoppers and visitors are attractive, usable and safe. Our Master of Planning (Urban Design) gives you the skills and knowledge to design functional and attractive urban spaces. You will: study the broad context of urban development and planning understand urban design principles in depth learn techniques for engaging communities in planning consider environmental impacts and relationships explore planning policy and law apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and a major culminating design project.

Course Fee:

International: $70,000

Entry Requirements:

Domestic students - Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide with a GPA of 5.0 or better (out of 7.0), Applicants who do not have a completed Bachelor of Architectural Design program from the University of Adelaide will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae and a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment, the portfolio should be of the applicant's own work (in hard copy or CD/DVD) demonstrating manual-graphic skills and ability through freehand drawing or sketches, skills in relevant design-related areas, as well as familiarity using a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software package; International students - Bachelor of Architectural Design degree from University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 of better (out of 7.0), Applicants who have not completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design degree at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a Portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.


The degree shares studios with the Master of Landscape Architecture and emphasises practical design studies as well as mainstream planning topics such as planning policy, theory and practice and planning law. The urban development process is a central area for study. This prepares students for negotiation with developers and landowners. Community consultation is also emphasised as a key skill in achieving successful outcomes in urban planning.

Subjects you can Study:

Architecture; Buildings; Design; Structures


The Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Urban and Regional Planner,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info Yes Full time 2 years

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