Master of Urban Management

Approved Abbreviation: MUrbMgt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1641.1

CRICOS Code: 057965J

This course will be replaced by 1674 Master of Urban Management and Planning from Autumn, 2010.

The Master of Urban Management is designed to increase the understanding of, and capacity to undertake, the strategic management of urban areas, to bring scholarly rigour to the business of urban management and to provide structured and systematic opportunities for intellectual engagement with urban management practice. The field of urban management has undergone rapid changes in the last twenty years. In order to manage this rapid growth it is moving from top-down prescriptive form of management to a more flexible approach that builds productive and livable urban communities. This course will introduce students to the most recent developments in urban management.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.


Applications for the course must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Further information on postgraduate courses is available on the Local Admissions section of the UWS website.

Candidates must have a relevant Bachelors degree or equivalent demonstrating their capacity to perform consistently at credit level or above (such as in the field of planning, geography, social science, environmental studies, architecture and landscape studies, urban and regional studies, and public policy), and/or relevant professional work experience.

For international students a TOEFL score of 550+ or an IELTS score of 6.5+ is required for students where English is not their first language.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

1H session

101310Metropolitan Structures: Cities in Transformation
101311Urban Challenges: Developing Sustainable Places
101312Project Research Design Seminar 1
101313Urban Management Placement Project

And two Pool units from the Environmental Management, Tourism Planning or Property Development pools below, or two other Level 7 units with the approval of the Head of Program.

2H session

101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy
101316Project Research Design Seminar 2
101317Urban Management Placement Thesis

And two Pool units from the Environmental Management, Tourism Planning or Property Development pools below, or two other Level 7 units with the approval of the Head of Program.

Tourism Planning Pool Units

300346Social Impacts of Tourism
300345Tourism Planning and Development 1
300348Tourism Planning and Development 2
400366Tourism and Recreation Planning Information Systems

Environmental Management Pool Units

EH830AEnvironmental Assessment
EH829AEnvironmental Management Systems
300400Managing for Sustainable Development
300397Perspectives of Sustainable Development

Property and Investment Pool Units

DN805AFeasibility Studies
200695Income Property Appraisal
CO810AProperty Portfolio Analysis
MCB617Property Development (V2)

The course includes an Industry Placement of unspecified duration (80-300 hours) for completion of the Urban Management Placement Project. Subject to approval of Course Advisor other research requirements may be substituted for this placement.

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