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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DGUR

SATAC Code
4GD002 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Benefit from our long-standing history – with 60 years’ experience, we’re Australia’s longest provider of planning education.
  • You may gain real-world experience when you complete a work placement in a planning department, working alongside professional planners.
  • Develop practical skills in our dedicated studio room, exclusively for urban and regional planning students.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in an international study trip.

Snapshot

Snapshot

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.

Why Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

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 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.

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 through until November 20201. You may be involved in:

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

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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:

  • sustainable design and development
  • social policy and planning
  • urban transportation planning
  • research techniques

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. 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:

  • literature/artefact reviews
  • research proposal
  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays

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

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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

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, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students 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

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