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Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning)

Approved Abbreviation: BResSt(Plan)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 8119.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 099240K


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 1H 2019 or later.

The Master of Research (Planning) is an internationally recognised qualification that provides graduates of this degree with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in urban and regional planning and policy development.

The first year combines coursework training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced specialisation in urban and regional planning. In the second-year students will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a Master’s thesis. The second year also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance students’ research and professional capabilities.

For domestic students, this program attracts Australian Government funding, packaged as a Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning)/Master of Research (Planning) to meet regulations.

In Year 1, domestic students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning) as a Commonwealth supported student and are liable for student contribution amounts which can be deferred through the HECS-HELP scheme if they are eligible. In Year 2, domestic students are enrolled in the Master of Research (Planning).

Further information about the Master of Research (Planning) can be found on the Future Students Research Studies pages.

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Ryan van den NouwelantSocialSciences@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Admission is determined by the following criteria being met

  • A Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in a cognate discipline such as Planning, Architecture, Engineering, property, Urban Studies, landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Management.
  • Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline to be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies for applicants whose most recent qualification is 5+ years old and
  • A statement that outlines a tentative research area.

Additionally for International students and for domestic students who have a qualification in a medium other than English, an English proficiency requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in each band) or equivalent.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and the University.

Course Structure

Year 1 of this course will also be studied by International students enrolled in 8120 - Master of Research (Planning).

After completion of Year 1, domestic students will be transferred to 8120 - Master of Research (Planning).

Qualification for the award of Master of Research (Planning) requires the successful completion of 160 credit points. All students will complete 80 credit points of coursework units and 80 credit points of higher degree by research.

All students must enrol in and complete the 80 credit points of prescribed core units.

Core units

101636Developing Sustainable Places
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City
800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research

Recommended Sequence

Students must undertake the following sequence of units according to whether they begin the course at the start or middle of the year

Full-time

Start Year

1H session

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

2H session

800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101636Developing Sustainable Places
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

Mid Year

2H session

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101636Developing Sustainable Places
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

1H session

800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research
800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

Part-time

Start Year

Year 1

1H session

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory

2H session

101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101636Developing Sustainable Places

Year 2

1H session

800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

2H session

800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

Mid Year

Year 1

2H session

800218Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
101636Developing Sustainable Places

1H session

800219Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory

Year 2

2H session

101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

1H session

800220Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

Students may exit with the Bachelor of Research Studies (exit only) after Year 1 and the successful completion of 80 credit points, with advanced standing of 160 credit points from their previous undergraduate qualification being granted.

Equivalent Core Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

800166 - Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry

800167 - Research Literacies

800169 - Research Design 2: Practices of Research



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