Highlights

  • New double degree now available for mid-year entry
  • Combines strengths in Urban and Regional Planning with Environmental Science, addressing industry needs
  • Develop highly relevant skills to design and plan large-scale projects, ensuring the balance of usability and liveability with sustainable land management.
  • Study community planning, creative design, environmental management, geography, infrastructure provisions, spatial science.
  • Graduates work in urban design, transport planning, development assessment, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

Highlights

  • New double degree now available for mid-year entry
  • Combines strengths in Urban and Regional Planning with Environmental Science, addressing industry needs
  • Develop highly relevant skills to design and plan large-scale projects, ensuring the balance of usability and liveability with sustainable land management.
  • Study community planning, creative design, environmental management, geography, infrastructure provisions, spatial science.
  • Graduates work in urban design, transport planning, development assessment, open space and recreational planning, environmental protection, and social and economic development.

Why choose this course?

We rely on our natural environment to sustain our lives and our lifestyles. We continually need to improve our understanding and management of the natural environment to balance our development with wise management while minimising impacts and degradation.

QUT is recognised for combining community involvement with design and implementation skills, which are based on links with environmental planning and management, 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.

An understanding of the mechanisms controlling environmental systems provides the skills required to undertake a great range of scientific environmental planning and management, and tackle problems such as local water quality and ecosystem impacts, soil erosion, catchment and groundwater use, or adaptation to global climate change. 

You will experience some of the most advanced laboratories and field work opportunities in Australia and be taught by staff who are at the top of their fields internationally. You will also stay in touch with the real world, as guest lectures, site visits and opportunities for work integrated learning bring a strong industry flavour to the degree.

Real-world learning

You will experience some of the most advanced laboratories and field work opportunities in Australia and be taught by staff who are at the top of their fields internationally. You will also stay in touch with the real world, as guest lectures, site visits and opportunities for work integrated learning bring a strong industry flavour to the degree.

You are required to undertake 30 days of approved urban and regional planning work experience as part of your Professional Practice core unit.

What to expect

Combine your keen interest in environmental science with urban and regional planning to ensure the sustainable and efficient use of land and natural resources to balance and enhance environmental and societal needs.

Work with elected representatives, communities and other clients to prepare and administer physical schemes that create better places and lives for neighbourhoods, cities and regions. Work on large-scale projects such as new cities, suburbs, ports, open space and recreational planning and environmental management.

If you're interested in social, economic, environmental and cultural issues, art and design, using your imagination and being creative, then this new double degree might be right for you.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

With this industry-relevant double degree, you'll be skilled in the implementation of environmental surveys, and confident in the analysis and interpretation of environmental data.  You'll be able to consult on the environmental impact of tourism and urban development, ports, and industrial projects.  You'll be able to play a leading role in the urban design of housing, open space and recreational planning, or transport planning; as well as the rehabilitation and reforestation of degraded sites.

You could work in federal, state or local government departments and agencies, development companies, major industry, or professional planning and environmental consultancies.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning) has accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia.

The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) may be eligible for membership of:

  • The Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Soil Science Australia
  • Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia
  • Society for Conservation Biology Oceania
  • Geospatial Information and Technology Association, among others.

Research pathways

The Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) features embedded honours-level content throught the course, and you will graduate with a bachelor honours degree.  This advanced knowledge and skills will benefit your professional career or future research studies.

Possible careers

  • Coastal Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental manager
  • Natural Resource Scientist
  • Urban Designer
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Details and units

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

Urban and Regional Planning component

Students are required to complete 288 credit points of study comprising:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units including a 12 credit point work placement unit and a 12 credit point research methods unit.
  • 216 credit points of Urban and Regional Planning major discipline units including 24 credit points of capstone project.

Envrionmental Science Component

Students are required to complete 192 credit points of study comprising:

  • 60 credit points of core Science units including one option unit (12cp) to be selected from a unit options list.
  • 132 credit points of Environmental Science major discipline units.

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

Urban and Regional Planning component

Students are required to complete 288 credit points of study comprising:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units including a 12 credit point work placement unit and a 12 credit point research methods unit 
  • 216 credit points of Urban and Regional Planning major discipline units including 24 credit points of capstone project.

Envrionmental Science Component

Students are required to complete 192 credit points of study comprising:

  • 60 credit points of core Science units including one option unit (12cp) to be selected from a unit options list.
  • 132 credit points of Environmental Science major discipline units.

Requirements

Starting uni in 2021?

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The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

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Course code
SE05
QTAC code
412852
CRICOS code
0102144
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Campus
  • Gardens Point
Duration
5 years full-time
Duration
5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

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 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)
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

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 defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

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

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

412852 Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)/Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2020 information is not available.

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).

I completed my studies outside of Australia

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.

Subject prerequisites
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

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
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. 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 within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

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.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $36,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020 CSP $9,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $36,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships

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