What will I learn?

The program is your pathway to the professional world of planning. You will be given the tools and methodologies to work in planning-based roles both in Australia and globally and gain an understanding of the ways that cities and sites are constructed physically, socially and environmentally. The Planning Institute of Australia accredits this course, ensuring professional relevance and excellent employment opportunities. Planners are strategic professionals that reconcile the complex demands of law, budgets and aesthetics to produce plans for vibrant, functional and desirable public spaces and cities. The planning program at the University of Sydney is recognised for its focus on the significant challenges of scale in planning. Our expertise in both Urban and in Regional planning means that when you study with us, you will be adept at working across the spectrum of planning works, whether for a population of 500 or for 5 million.

You will benefit from the expertise of our staff and our close ties with industry. Our academics are all active contributors to the profession, forging close links with state, national and international planning organisations. In 2012, the planning program celebrated its close ties with the Office of Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea through a Memorandum of Understanding. We regularly host prestigious international planning conferences, including the only UPE conference to be held in the Asia-Pacific. All of this combines to give you unparalleled access to the best teachers and a solid network of industry contacts as you complete your degree. This is consistently demonstrated in our high student-satisfaction and graduate employment surveys. We give you flexible options to expand the scope of your degree by undertaking one of our exclusive enrichment options. Offered in Heritage Conservation or Urban Design, you can improve your employment prospects by taking these specialisations.

No other program planning program in Australia gives you the flexibility to pursue these enrichment options. Planning is an important function in many professions. You may find yourself working as a consultant alongside politicians or private companies. There is also a demand for planners by local councils and state planning authorities. Planners are allied professionals to engineers, architects and environmental consultants. They provide advice, support and their expertise in planning to ensure that proposed projects are appropriately scoped and investigated on all relevant scales. There is also an important role for planners in the development of policy, particularly in international development, where the Faculty holds expertise. Planning is a vibrant, challenging and rewarding career. It is much more than the simple, technical evaluation of different design options. Instead, planning is infused with consideration for human welfare and social progress.

The social and ecological impacts of a project are always at the forefront of a planner's mind. Our planning program gives you the tools and approaches that will enable you to work in planning-based roles both in Australia and internationally, and can give you this experience during your degree through our extensive exchange network. International Connections: The Urban and Regional Planning program has strong international connections and is recognised for its expertise in the formulation of national planning strategies.

Graduate opportunities

Professionals and graduates in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or a closely related area, will develop and extend their professional expertise, but applicants from other disciplines are welcome. An introductory unit of study has been introduced to enable all students to participate effectively in the design studios, and to provide a basic grounding in urban design for students wishing to undertake the Graduate Certificate only.

Which department am I in?

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

CRICOS

006430G

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $36,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

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

Start date

24 February 2020, 3 August 2020

Venue

The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

160 City Road, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),

DARLINGTON,

New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney. English Language Requirements: TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing; IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band; TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing.

For international students

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Urban and Regional Planning will hold a bachelor's degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. Students who complete the Graduate Diploma with a WAM of 70 or higher are able to apply to continue into the Masters degree in the same course stream. Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities