This course is only available to international students

Overview

From 2014 this course is only available for continuing Bachelor of Urban Development students and those students who are commencing with 96 credit points (advanced standing) of first year units. Students without advanced standing should apply for entry to the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours).
  • Learn to design and manage the use of land and natural resources to meet human needs in a sustainable way.
  • Prepares you to plan large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, recreational and industrial areas and transport infrastructure.
  • Study community planning, infrastructure provisions, creative design, property economics, spatial science, architecture, law and business management.
  • Graduates work in urban design, transport planning, development assessment, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.
QTAC course code412352
QUT course code UD40
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Note: This course is available to international students who are eligible for a year or more of Advanced Standing (Credit).
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code056387B
Careers
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Urban Designer

Details

Urban and regional planners design and manage the use of land and natural resources to meet future human needs in a sustainable way. Working with elected representatives, communities and other clients, they prepare and administer physical schemes that create better places and lives for neighbourhoods, cities and regions. They plan large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, recreational and industrial areas and transport routes. To do this they consult widely among local communities and colleagues in related fields such as environment, engineering, economics, architecture, spatial science and transport.

If you are interested in social, economic, environmental and cultural issues, art and design, using your imagination and being creative, and working with people, you may enjoy a career in urban and regional planning.

Why choose this course?

QUT is recognised for its lively tradition of combining community involvement with design and implementation skills, which are based on links with engineering, spatial science, property economics, architecture and landscape architecture. You will work on inclusive community planning, integrated infrastructure provision, creative design, and practical problem-solving projects run in collaboration with partners in local and state government, developers and local community groups.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your broad appreciation of fields related to urban and regional planning, for example, urban design, property economics, spatial science, architecture, landscape architecture, law or business management.

Students are required to complete the built environment and engineering applications minor in order to gain accreditation as practising planners with the Planning Institute of Australia. This enables additional training in geographical information systems, workplace learning and transportation planning. In addition, the flexible structure of the course enables you to choose a second minor to match your career aspirations and personal goals. This maximises your employment opportunities, offering breadth of knowledge and a real focus based on your unique study plan.

Career outcomes

As a planning graduate, you will have a wide and expanding range of employment opportunities internationally and in state and local government departments and agencies, large multi-stranded development companies, and professional planning consultancies. Career choices include urban design, transport planning, development assessment, plan preparation for housing and industrial areas, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

Professional recognition

This course has accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia.

Units

Your course

Year 1

Your first year as a planning student will give you a strong foundation in design skills, experience in working in teams on planning projects, and an understanding of the importance of the social, economic and environmental contexts of planning activity.

Year 2

In your second year as a planning student, you will develop your practical skills through working on site-related projects and development assessment. The second year of the degree also explores the philosophical and theoretical basis of planning.

Year 3

In the third year of your degree, you will focus on the application of design skills on a broader scale through urban design principles. You will also be prepared for the public role of planners through negotiation and conflict resolution, and investigate the importance of environmental planning.

Year 4

In the final year of your degree, you will integrate the skills and capacities developed throughout the course through a major research project, a challenging exploration of planning theory and ethics, and real-world planning projects that move from the community through to the regional level.

Second major and minors

You will have the opportunity to undertake a second major (8 units) or 2 minors (4 units each) to enhance and broaden your knowledge in a related field or area of interest.

Please refer to your course rules before making your selection.

Urban and regional planning second major and minor options

Second Major:

Choose one second major from the following options:

  • Architectural Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Property Economics Development
  • Property Economics Investment
  • Property Economics Valuation
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Management Residential Construction

OR

Minors:

Choose two minors from the following options. Remember, if you take two Minors, one Minor must be from outside your course:

  • Urban and Regional Planning Applications Minor (accreditation requirement)
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Spatial Science
  • Architectural Studies
  • Property Economics Development
  • Property Economics Investment
  • Property Economics Valuation
  • Sustainability Minor
  • International Minor
  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Research Minor
  • Project Collaboration Minor
  • Collaborative Digital Design Minor

A minor from anywhere in QUT.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

Still not sure if you meet the entry requirements? Contact us.

Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

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Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 8

Rank 85


Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
speaking6.0
writing6.0
reading6.0
listening6.0
overall6.0

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We offer courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

IELTS test

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $13,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional course costs

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning)

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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