Master of Research (Planning)

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

The Master of Research (Planning) is an internationally recognised qualification that provides graduates with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in urban and regional planning research and policy development. The first stage combines coursework training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced specialisation in urban and regional planning. In the second stage, you will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a thesis. The second stage also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance your research and professional capabilities. You will develop the professional communication skills, reasoning and analytical processes required to make valuable contributions to the policy, technical and regulatory aspects of urban and regional planning. The teaching curriculum covers both Australian and international contexts.


All students must enrol in and complete the 80 credit points of prescribed Core units. In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master of Research (Planning).


  • Research Design
  • Research Literacies
  • Managing Cities: History and Theory
  • Financing Cities in the Global Economy
  • Planning and Environmental Regulation
  • Developing Sustainable Places
  • Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City.

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor or Masters in disciplines such as Planning, Architecture, Engineering, property, Urban Studies, landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Management. Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65. Demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline and a statement that outlines a tentative research area.


Planning Institute of Australia

Study pathways

Students may exit with the Bachelor of Research Studies (exit only) after Year 1 and the successful completion of 80 credit points, with advanced standing of 160 credit points from their previous undergraduate qualification being granted.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Parramatta International: $63,232 No information available Yes No information available
Parramatta City International: $63,232 No information available Yes No information available

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