Highlights

  • Be inspired and empowered to create environments with a positive impact on human health, environmental quality, social relationships and urban systems.
  • Your urban development studies will prepare you to plan large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, recreational and industrial areas and transport infrastructure.
  • Use your combined architecture and urban development skills in careers with private developers, government bodies and communities to enhance established neighbourhoods, and shape new suburbs, cities and regions.
  • Progress onto the proposed two year Master of Architecture (available from 2022) and gain the required practical experience to become an architect.

Highlights

  • Be inspired and empowered to create environments with a positive impact on human health, environmental quality, social relationships and urban systems.
  • Your urban development studies will prepare you to plan large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, recreational and industrial areas and transport infrastructure.
  • Use your combined architecture and urban development skills in careers with private developers, government bodies and communities to enhance established neighbourhoods, and shape new suburbs, cities and regions.
  • Progress onto the proposed two year Master of Architecture (available from 2022) and gain the required practical experience to become an architect.

Why choose this course?

With an increasing focus on livability and creating cities of the future, now is the time to explore a career in architecture and urban and regional planning.  New technology is emerging. Architects and urban planners are facing exciting challenges and setting the direction to shape how we live and work in the future.

If you are interested in balancing social, economic, environmental and cultural issues with art and design, and using your imagination and being creative, then this double degree might lead to the career of your dreams.

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What to expect

Your architectural studies

You will begin with introductory and shared impact lab units where, working with students from other disciplines, you’ll focus on problems and social issues and identify potential solutions connected to industry and community. Your introductory studies will also introduce you to visualisation skills and applications needed to formulate design as an exploration of the materials of the built environment.

Your studies will then build on these foundations and explore areas including environmental principles and the global movement of modern architecture with design studio units covering the process of design, dwelling, tectonics and public spaces.

Later in your degree you will be able to transfer skills and knowledge to a workplace or professional context and gain practical work experience with work integrated learning.

Your urban and regional planning studies

In your first year, you’ll complete units that will lay the foundations for the remainder of your course. You’ll explore the built environment, and receive an introduction to planning and design, urban development law, urban analysis and land-use planning. You will also develop your skills in negotiation and conflict resolution.

You will continue your studies in your second year, building skills in site planning, stakeholder engagement, transport planning and planning law. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to refine your understanding of urban design and property development and use your cumulative knowledge to undertake environmental planning activities. You will also reflect on your work placement and consolidate your research skills.

In your final year, you will explore advanced concepts of urban and regional planning, as well as planning theory and ethics. You’ll look at real-world planning projects in studio and research environments. Your studies will culminate in a major research project with a faculty mentor, showcasing your acquired skills.

You will complete 30 days of approved work experience in the industry, as part of your work integrated learning.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

You will have employment opportunities internationally, and in state and local government departments and agencies, large multi-stranded development companies and professional architectural and 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

The Urban and Regional Planning course has accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia. 

On completion of the two-year Master of Architecture and the required period of practical experience, graduates are eligible to sit for registration as an architect in Australia.

Possible careers

  • Architect
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Details and units

In order to complete this course, you must complete a total of 480 credit points, made up of 192 credit points from the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and 288 credit points from the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning). You will study design and urban development units in your first four years, and concentrate on urban development studies for the remainder of this course.

Design component

In order to complete the Architecture major, you must complete a total of 240 credit points of core units comprising:

  • Architecture, Impact Lab and Design foundation units - 192 credit points
  • four units completed as part of the Urban and Regional Planning component - 48 credit points**

Urban Development component

The Urban and Regional Planning major component requires completion of 288 credit points (24 units) consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units, including 12cps professional practice unit and 12cps research methods unit.
  • 192 credit points of Urban and Regional Planning discipline units
  • 24 credit points capstone project.

**Four units are completed as part of the Urban and Regional Planning component and will contribute to the completion requirements of both courses.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in either degree area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

In order to complete this course, you must complete a total of 480 credit points, made up of 192 credit points from the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and 288 credit points from the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning). You will study design and urban development units in your first four years, and concentrate on urban development studies for the remainder of this course.

Design component

In order to complete the Architecture major, you must complete a total of 240 credit points of core units comprising:

  • Architecture, Impact Lab and Design foundation units - 192 credit points
  • four units completed as part of the Urban and Regional Planning component - 48 credit points**

Urban Development component

The Urban and Regional Planning major component requires completion of 288 credit points (24 units) consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units, including 12cps professional practice unit and 12cps research methods unit.
  • 192 credit points of Urban and Regional Planning discipline units
  • 24 credit points capstone project.

**Four units are completed as part of the Urban and Regional Planning component and will contribute to the completion requirements of both courses.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in either degree area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

Requirements

Selection rank
80.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2021.

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Course code
ID18
QTAC code
419082
CRICOS code
096573B
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
5 years full-time
Duration
5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

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Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

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Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 97.20
Selection rank 99.95
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 87.15
Selection rank 88.80
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 82.10
Selection rank 82.10

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

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

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

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

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: CSP $8,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $32,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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