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As we adapt to global changes that impact our cities including climate change and deepening inequality, concerns for community health and safety, and the emergence of global city-regions, planning has never been more critical.

Urban planners explore the design and planning of public spaces, taking into consideration social, economic, aesthetic and environmental factors. Actively engage with some of the most pressing issues of our time, including increased urbanisation, climate change and sustainable resourcing.

Learn about Australian and international policy and planning related to human settlements and how to cope with challenging population and environmental issues. 2 years full time or 4 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Learn why space matters and how design can improve communities wellbeing. 1 year part time, mixed attendance mode (Parkville).

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Select subjects from the broad range of disciplines offered by the Melbourne School of Design and tailor the course to suit you. 1 year full time or 2 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Select subjects from the broad range of disciplines offered by the Melbourne School of Design and tailor the course to suit your professional ambitions. 1 year full time or 2 years part time, on campus (Parkville).

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Why study with us?

    • Travelling studios are ‘working laboratories’ for design thought and production. You’ll explore complex, real-life issues and devise solutions by collaborating with students from MSD and other universities.
    • Vocational placements, also known as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or Experiential Learning, are a valuable way for students to get hands-on experience in the industry while studying.
    • Practicing planners work closely with other disciplines, and our interdisciplinary approach to teaching will prepare you to work effectively and collaboratively in the industry.

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Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Master of Urban Planning

Claudia Lombard


“Urban Planning is so broad! There are so many avenues to take within it and it’s perfect for anyone who is interested in lots of different things at the same time, as there are always opportunities for projects that meld together different disciplines.I greatly enjoyed the Inclusive Cities subject, as it provided a thorough exploration into social planning and the different dimensions of equity within the city. It also included lots of great workshops and guest lectures from professionals with amazing social planning experience. Planning Law and Statutory Planning was incredibly useful as it thoroughly covered the foundations of the Victorian planning system and prepared me well for my first industry job.”

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