What will I learn?

Our planning and development courses deliver a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners.

In these courses you will learn to draw on environmental, economic and social factors to investigate, analyse and propose solutions to development issues within political, administration and legislative frameworks.

You’ll gain an understanding of planning laws and applications, and be encouraged to contribute to real-world projects.

As participatory approaches to planning are now considered vital to successful development, these courses emphasise addressing environmental, social and design issues that affect communities.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career information

The future of planning and development

The future of planning and development is underpinned by the need for innovative thinking to plan, regulate and manage the environmental, economic and social impacts of development.

Urban and regional issues are collective, often having multiple stakeholders with differing requirements. We require new ways of approaching land use and resource problems – such as developing sharing and community economies, encouraging a social licence to operate, and innovating our democratic institutions.

Innovation in urban planning and development will also occur through technological advances. Smart technologies, big data and the Internet of Things are opening new ways of developing knowledge and seeing cities and regions. Apps and digital platforms such as gaming and VR provide new ways of experiencing place and help us organise the way we get around, through Mobility as a Service (MaaS).


Land-use planning
Local government
Community engagement

What you'll learn

Disseminate and apply the principles, theories and concepts of urban and regional planning and draw upon appropriate knowledge of social, economic and environmental factors within a governance framework to practise planning, particularly in the Western Australian context;
Think critically at the highest order to analyse and challenge theories and practices of urban and regional planning, and generate creative solutions to planning issues;
Critically access, evaluate and synthesise information in order to undertake research relevant to urban and regional planning;
Communicate effectively at a high order which is both innovative and ground-breaking in writing, graphically and orally with various audiences (academic, professional and community);
Use appropriate technologies to practice urban and regional planning;
Use learned skills to continue self-development and influence others in continued learning in the profession;
Have a high level of awareness and skills to understand and respond to cultural diversity and difference in national and international perspectives;
Recognise and consider the needs and aspirations of the diversity of populations served by urban and regional planning, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the cultures of other minority ethnic groups in Australia and internationally
Work ethically as individuals and in teams demonstrating skills in leadership negotiation and conflict resolution, recognising and valuing the contribution of other disciplines and interests.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,900.00 (US$ 21,336) per year
Total indicative course fee: AUD $45,000; Eligible applicants for the Access Support Scholarship will receive AUD $1500 one-off fee remission against their Semester 1 2021 tuition fees for programs at Curtin’s Western Australian campuses.

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

Application deadline

11 February 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, and at least three years relevant work experience. English Language Requirements: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 6.0; Overall band score: 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79 Overall; Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

For international students

A bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline (other than planning) from a recognised tertiary institution.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 79 (overall) Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

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


About Curtin University

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

  • Top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2019)
  • Partnerships with 130+ education institutions worldwide
  • A truly global university, with international campuses
  • Offers a range of internationally recognised courses

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