Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
Urban planners create places and use their advanced observational and analytical skills to put their ideas into practice.
A key component of this postgraduate qualification relates to the promotion and development of sustainable cities. The courses studied pivot around real-world issues and therefore provide you with relevant skills that are transferable in the workplace.
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 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. Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health.
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 through until November 20201. You may be involved in:
1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
This graduate diploma 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:
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. 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.
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:
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Introduction to Regional and Urban Planning||ARCH 5011||4.5|
|AAD Research Methods||VSAR 4003||4.5|
|Elective 1||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Elective 2||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Social Planning and Community Issues||ARCH 5022||4.5|
|Transport and Planning||ARCH 5014||4.5|
|Sustainable Urban Design 1||ARCH 5013||4.5|
|Elective 3||4.5||Note(s): 2|
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.
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As an urban and regional planning student you will have access to:
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. 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 lots 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, a 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.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.
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.
How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.