Master of Planning (Urban Design)

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

Distinguish the spaces we all experience

Urban designers transform streets, squares, malls and other public areas to enhance community, cultivate culture and draw people.

They’re creative and strategic. They make sure the city areas experienced by residents, workers, shoppers and visitors are attractive, usable and safe.

What will you do?

Our Master of Planning (Urban Design) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. It gives you the skills and knowledge to design functional and attractive urban spaces. You will:

  • study the broad context of urban development and planning
  • understand urban design principles in depth
  • learn techniques for engaging communities in planning
  • consider environmental impacts and relationships
  • explore planning policy and law
  • apply your learning in real-life planning simulations and a major culminating design project.

Where could it take you?

You could use colour and texture to transform city squares and walkways. You might beautify buildings and clean city air at the same time with vertical gardens and living walls. Perhaps you’ll design spaces that encourage learning, play and socialising between strangers.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 40,500


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Year Level 1

Core courses  

  • GEOG 7015: Introduction to Urbanisation
  • PLANNING 7033: Urban Design Principles
  • GEOG 7016: Engaging Communities: Techniques and Analysis
  • PROP 7000: Development and Construction
  • ARCH 7034: Studio: Urbanism (M)
  • PLANNING 7034: Planning Policy and Regulation
  • LAW 7178: Planning Law

Year Level 2

Core courses    

  • LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
  • ARCH 7042: Designing Research
  • PLANNING 7035: Planning Theory and Practice
  • GEOG 7002: Environmental Planning and Governance
  • PLANNING 7030: Urban Design Project

Additional Entry Requirements    

A Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide.
The Portfolio shall be printed on A3 paper in hardcopy or submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDFs in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicants contribution explained.

**Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives. **/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).

Australian Year 12    

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    

Overall 6.5    

Overall 79

Tertiary Qualifications    

A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design degree from University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.0 of better (out of 7.0). Applicants who have not completed a Bachelor of Architectural Design degree at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must submit a Curriculum Vitae and a Portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

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Potential careers

  • Planning Officer / Urban Planner
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