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Start Date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DHUR

SATAC Code
424781 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 65.40 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study the only urban and regional planning degree offered in South Australia.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete a 60-day work placement in a planning department, working alongside professional planners.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in an international study trip to Malaysia or Vietnam.
  • Benefit from our long-standing history – with 60 years’ experience, we’re Australia’s longest provider of planning education.
  • Study a degree that has been accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Urban planners create places and use their advanced observational and analytical skills to put their ideas into practice. This honours degree will introduce you to the concepts central to urban and regional planning, including:

  • sustainable development
  • spatial planning
  • urban design
  • environmental management
  • land economics
  • property markets
  • regional planning
  • social and community planning
  • community consultation
  • infrastructure planning

You will also gain valuable practical experience when you complete a 60-day work placement during your third year. If you decide you would like to gain an international perspective there is also the opportunity for you to complete some of your studies at an overseas university in Denmark, Netherlands, Canada, USA, UK, Japan and China. Alternatively, you may choose to participate in an international study trip to Malaysia or Vietnam. As an honours student you will develop advanced skills in research.

Why Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

Why this Degree

UniSA has over 60 years’ experience in planning education – that makes us the longest provider of planning education in the country.

Our experienced academic staff are a valuable resource for honours students, and they participate in research concentrations including the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. UniSA also offers the only urban and regional planning degree in South Australia.

Real-world connections

During your third year you will embark on a 60-day work placement where you will work alongside professional planners – this is not only a great learning opportunity, but is also a great way to begin to build your important network of industry contacts. We host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

  

Your career

Planners work at local, national and international levels and are involved in a range of professional activities, including environmental, social, heritage, transport and community planning, and urban design. Planners often find employment with councils. This degree opens up excellent career opportunities for graduates – in fact, employment prospects for planners is expected to rise by 14.7 percent by 20201. You could be involved in:

  • planning and designing new cities, towns and suburbs
  • energy efficient housing
  • new public transport services
  • the protection of heritage buildings and landscapes
  • coastal planning
  • regeneration of run down or abandoned former industrial areas
  • development of regional and rural communities

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This program is recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.

What others are saying

Urban and Regional Planning is about influencing where people live, what surrounds them and how to best provide transport and other services.

Ben Murphy, Strategic Planning Officer

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
Employment: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

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Ben Murphy, Strategic Planning Officer

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
Employment: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical expertise needed to embark on a career in the field of urban and regional planning. You will learn about sustainable development, spatial planning and urban design, and will also develop the observational and analytical capabilities needed to create new places. You will learn methods and techniques needed to:

  • analyse trends in urban and regional development
  • predict the future form and requirements of communities

You will gain relevant, real-world skills when you complete workshops that address the development and management of real places and scenarios, introducing you to practical skills and situations that are valuable in the workplace. These skills will then be put to practice when you complete a 60-day placement in a planning department during your third year. During your fourth year you will be able to fine-tune your learning when you select electives in the areas of environmental or social and community planning. As an honours student there is a strong focus on research.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • examinations
  • projects
  • journals
  • presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation you will undertake courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation. You will graduate with industry experience and connections and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Understanding Cities and Regions ARCH 1014 4.5
Principles of Geospatial Science GEOE 1018 4.5
Introduction to Planning ARCH 1012 4.5
Environment: A Human Perspective ENVT 1013 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Infrastructure Workshop ARCH 1015 4.5
Planning Heritage Workshop ARCH 1016 4.5
Land Use Planning ARCH 1011 4.5
Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective POLI 2019 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Social and Community Planning ARCH 2043 4.5
Analytic Methods for Planning ARCH 2040 4.5
Introduction to Urban Design ARCH 2014 4.5
University Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Urban and Regional Development ARCH 2055 4.5
Planning Policy ARCH 2042 4.5
Planning Information Management ARCH 2041 4.5
Development and Design Studio ARCH 2046 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Planning Law ARCH 3042 4.5
Social Planning Techniques ARCH 3018 4.5
Regional Planning Workshop ARCH 3020 4.5
Policy and Development Assessment Workshop N ARCH 3056 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Planning Field Placement A ARCH 3044 9 Note(s): 3
Planning Field Placement B ARCH 3045 9 Note(s): 3
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Planning and Professional Ethics ARCH 3016 4.5
Comparative Planning ARCH 4026 4.5
AAD Research Methods VSAR 4003 4.5
Planning Elective 1 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Planning Research Study (Hons) 2NE ARCH 4049 13.5
Planning Elective 2 4.5

My enthusiasm for urban and regional planning was in part kindled by my time as an elected member and then mayor of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.

Dr Johannes Pieters

Program Director

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Dr Johannes Pieters

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As an urban and regional planning student you will have access to:

  • digital and traditional workshops
  • specialised computer suites
  • dedicated studio room exclusively for urban and regional planning students
  • Australia’s only Architecture Museum
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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