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Diploma in Town Planning

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 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

Develop your knowledge in urban and regional planning with the Diploma in Town Planning course, offered online and on campus by the University of New England (UNE).

This course will teach you how to analyse and evaluate approaches to land-use and built-environment problems in a range of changing social, economic and environmental contexts. It is an introductory course, designed to provide an opportunity for those who have never undertaken university study before. It also provides a pathway to further university study.

While completion of the diploma does not in itself lead to membership of the Planning Institute of Australia, further study at a bachelor level can lead to membership; the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.


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

  • Hold a bachelor's degree or postgraduate qualification from an Australian university, or an equivalent qualification from an approved institution; OR
  • Have evidence of an approved professional qualification or vocational experience that satisfies UNE that the applicant possesses the capacity to undertake study at an appropriate level to this course; OR
  • Have satisfied any prerequisites and/or additional requirements prescribed for the course; OR
  • Hold any Certificate IV from TAFE.

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

Areas of study

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

Core units

  • Earth in crisis?
  • Where in the world? Australia's human geography
  • The world of planning: an introduction
  • Professional planning skills

Listed units

  • Introduction to civil and environmental engineering infrastructure
  • Economic change and urban development
  • Urban living
  • Principles of development control
  • Rural planning and resource management
  • Introduction to architectural design
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 Diploma in Town Planning from the University of New England.

Career opportunities for graduates are diverse, ranging from positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, and development companies through to government departments involved with urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, or regional prosperity.

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:

  • Community Developer
  • Urban Planner
  • Regional Planner
  • Town Planner

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

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

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-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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