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Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Take the first step towards building a better world with the online or on-campus Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England (UNE), a degree that's fully recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.

This course covers the issues, perspectives and values involved in designing spaces for a more liveable, sustainable future. With a broad focus on urban and regional development factors, from ecological aspects to cultural and community considerations, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work in planning and development in a wide range of industries.

This course has a compulsory work experience component to ensure that you graduate with the practical skills you need to succeed in the workforce. With a strong theoretical background that includes areas of study such as climate change, population geography and resource management, this course will equip you with the right tools to make a real difference in a rapidly changing world.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 12 weeks of placement, in consultation with the School.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, you could still be eligible to receive a qualification. Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Diploma in Town Planning or the Advanced Diploma in Arts.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this urban planning course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Public archaeology and management
  • Introductory microeconomics
  • Introduction to GIS and spatial thinking
  • The craft of academic writing
  • Introduction to civil and environmental engineering infrastructure
  • Earth in crisis?
  • Where in the world? Australia's human geography
  • The world of planning: an introduction
  • Professional planning skills
  • Planning for land use and built form
  • Climate change and future planning
  • Catchment to coast
  • Urban living
  • Principles of development control
  • Cradle to grave: population geography
  • Rural planning and resource management
  • Advanced planning principles
  • Environmental planning and administration
  • Understanding research
  • Introduction to architectural design
  • Retain geography, planning and practice
  • Your place or mine? People and power in place
  • Planning policy for hazards
  • Architecture and urban design
  • Access and mobility
  • Economic change and urban development
  • Regional development: processes and policies
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England.

Graduates can opt to seek employment in positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, development companies or public or private workplaces relating to urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, regional prosperity and related fields.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in architecture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Environmental Researcher
  • Community Developer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Urban Planner
  • Regional Planner
  • Policy Manager
  • Planning Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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