Master of Planning

Approved Abbreviation: MPlan

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1712.1

CRICOS Code: 080224K

From 2014 this course will be offered at the Parramatta City campus. However, as noted below, those units which are shared with the Master of Social Science degree are only available at Penrith campus.

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 2014.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

The Master of Planning is a two year course in urban and regional planning. The degree equips the students with professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in statutory town planning practice as well as policy development. This course has a strong emphasis on research rooted in social sciences and in the fast growing Greater Western Sydney Region. The coursework includes learning and training in history and theory, governance, professional practice, economic development, sustainability, transport planning, spatial analysis, and legal frameworks for planning.

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

Accreditation is currently being sought from the Planning Institute of Australia for the Master of Planning.


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree


Have a minimum of five years full-time equivalent work experience in planning, geography, social science, environmental studies, architecture and landscape studies, urban and regional studies or public policy.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

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 Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points including the units listed below.

Note: Units shared with the Master of Social Science degree are only available at the Penrith Campus.

Year 1

Autumn session

101887Research for Practice
101888Theories for Critical Practice
101633Managing Cities: History and Theory
101634Planning and Environmental Regulation

Spring session

101889Integrated Project
101636Developing Sustainable Places
101315Financing Cities in the Global Economy

Year 2

1H session

102040Master of Social Science Thesis

Autumn session

101635Urban Planning Placement Project
101637Urban Research Report

2H session

102040Master of Social Science Thesis

Spring session

101588An Introduction to Urban Design
101314Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City

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