What will I learn?

This degree - one of only three Victorian undergraduate planning courses accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia - gives you the opportunity to shape communities and establish peaceful, productive and environmentally sustainable places to live.

You'll explore a range of ways to improve how we live and interact, from policy planning and local politics to urban design and transport.

Articulating a vision and promoting the benefits of change are important to effective planning. That's why we focus on communication skills like mediation, negotiation and community relations as part of this course.

Another core aspect of your studies will be travelling to communities to learn and evaluate what works and what doesn't. Our students participate in field trips to a range of locations, from country towns in rural Victoria to metropolitan cities in Asia and Europe.

Throughout your degree, you'll take part in hands-on projects, including semester-long activities and short visits to communities. This type of experience goes beyond a work placement or research project, giving you the chance to make a genuine difference within a community. Just one example is the bicycle path from our Bendigo Campus to the Bendigo Hospital - a student-led project that was commended in the Outstanding Tertiary Student Project Borrie Prize, which celebrates practice, leadership and achievement in planning.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia until 2021. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Career outcomes

The current shortage of qualified planners in Australia means you can look forward to excellent work prospects and starting salaries. You are likely to find employment in the planning and environment management departments of local governments, state government departments and agencies, regional bodies, research organizations, and the private sector. Our Planning Institute of Australia course accreditation recognizes that our graduates have developed the skills needed to work as planners in the field of urban and regional planning.

Which department am I in?

Department of Arts and Humanities

CRICOS

057439J

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,800.00 (US$ 20,195) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 March 2020, 27 July 2020

Venue

Bendigo Campus

Edwards Road,

Flora Hill,

BENDIGO,

Victoria,

3552, BENDIGO, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Box Hill Institute
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About this uni

The degrees offered by the University have been developed to give students real-world experience through internships and work experience programs.

  • La Trobe students are provided study abroad opportunities
  • The University offers a number of specialist degrees
  • Subjects are designed to challenge the way students think
  • Students match their study interests with their career goals