What will I learn?

Drive change through research for regions of the future.

The planning profession demands real-world solutions for the constantly changing environment we live in. Work with industry experts to conduct research that will advance the way town planners approach complex issues, and provide new insights into the evolving needs of diverse communities and regions, both within Australia and globally.

In this advanced program, you’ll complete one required research course and an original thesis on a topic of your choice, from coastal management to water allocation and planning, urban planning and design issues to dispute resolution, and more.

This program is designed for planning professionals who hold a degree accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and are looking to advance their careers in the planning industry.

In this program you will:

  • Produce original research on an area of professional interest
  • Develop advanced skills in research design, analysis and written communication
  • Advance the way town planners approach complex issues, and contribute to the future of planning practice

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

During candidature you must complete one required course, SCS725 Advanced Social Research, and compile a thesis of 30,000–35,000 words.

You are required to conduct research that can be written up as a scholarly thesis. You must demonstrate research competency and the ability to make a significant and original contribution to the body of knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.

As a candidate you must clearly articulate in your research outline, the topic, background, rationale, research question, aim and objectives, methodology, research methods and techniques, and timeframe. Your research outline is to include a literature review that relates to the research question and objectives.

The results of your research activities should be presented succinctly and accurately and as necessary could be supported by more detailed annexures. Your syntheses analysis and discussion must clearly focus on the research question and the objectives of the work.

Conclusions and recommendations must be drawn from your analysis and discussion and reflect the attainment of the aim and the way in which the research question is addressed.

Which department am I in?

School of Law and Society

CRICOS

070697D

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 20,693) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $58,000
Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

USC Caboolture Campus

80-106 Tallon Street,

CABOOLTURE,

Queensland,

4510, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 20,693) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $58,000
Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

University of the Sunshine Coast

90 Sippy Downs Drive,

SIPPY DOWNS,

Queensland,

4556, SUNSHINE COAST, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission, applicants are normally required to hold a bachelor degree with at least Honours Class 2 Division II from a recognised higher education institution. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Honours Class 2 Division II may also be considered. IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL: Internet-based - Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based - Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 54; CAE/CPE (results after Jan 2015) - Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 - Successful completion; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 3 - Successful completion.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to Master of Regional Planning by Research candidature, applicants are normally required to hold:

  • a Planning Institute of Australia (or other professional planning accreditation body affiliated with the World Planning Schools Association) accredited four-year degree in planning or

  • an honours undergraduate degree in a planning-related area and relevant planning experience to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL: Internet-based - Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based - Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 54; CAE/CPE - Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 - Successful completion.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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