Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

University of New England

Program Overview

If you are a graduate wishing to enter the planning profession, or you are a practising professional aiming to upgrade your skills and knowledge, our Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning offers a balance of theory and real-world practice. The depth and breadth of our flexibly delivered Graduate Diploma will enhance your professional skillset with integrated knowledge about environmental, economic and social aspects of a development, and the competing needs of communities, companies and governments. This course covers fundamental knowledge in nine core units, plus you get to choose three special interests from a large list of options to tailor your course to work for your career.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 31,600



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Core Units

54 credit points

Complete the following units:

  • Local Environmental Infrastructure (ENGT237) – 6 credit points

  • Urban Living (GEPL316) – 6 credit points

  • Cradle to Grave: Population Geography (GEPL322) – 6 credit points

  • Economic Change and Urban Development (GEPL401) – 6 credit points

  • Architecture and Urban Design (GEPL402) – 6 credit points

  • Principles of Development Control (GEPL420) – 6 credit points

  • Regional Development: Processes and Policies (GEPL445) – 6 credit points

  • Transport and Land Use Planning (GEPL450) – 6 credit points

  • Planning Theory and Practice (GEPL528) – 6 credit points

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.


Advanced Standing

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.


English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria:

  • English is the applicant's first language; or

  • Satisfactory completion, within five years of the date of application for admission to UNE, of at least one year of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in a country in which English is the primary official language or co-official language and in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed; or

  • A pass grade or better in an English language subject at Australian Year 12 level or overseas equivalent; or

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5*; or

  • Equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component*; or

  • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50*

International Fees


By completing our Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, you will have a good foundation to work competently in planning offices in the private and public sectors.

Your focus areas could include:

  • urban design and place-making

  • regional and rural planning

  • development assessment and land use

  • environmental planning and natural resource management

  • social and community-based planning

  • heritage and conservation.

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