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Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1.5 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New England (UNE) will give you the knowledge and skills to help shape sustainable and liveable urban and regional communities. It's ideal for graduates keen to enter the profession and for those who are already working in the field and looking to deepen their knowledge.

The key learning areas in this course include architecture and urban design, the theory and practice of land use planning, problem solving and policy response and place-making. The course is offered online or on campus for maximum flexibility.

The course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia, and graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Institute's Urban and Regional Planning Chapter.


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

  • Hold an undergraduate bachelor's degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of UNE's Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

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:

Core units:

  • Introduction to civil and environmental engineering infrastructure
  • Urban living
  • Cradle to grave: population geography
  • Economic change and urban development
  • Architecture and urban design
  • Principles of development control
  • Regional development: processes and policies
  • Access and mobility
  • Advanced planning principles
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 Urban Planning and Regional Development from the University of New England.

Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills to pursue employment in the following organisations and areas:

Local and state government; Private consulting firms; Development companies; State and federal government departments involved with urban affairs; Environmental management; Transport; Community development; Heritage conservation; Regional prosperity and Other related fields

Graduates will also be eligible to apply for membership with the Planning Institute of Australia's s Urban and Regional Planning Chapter.

Graduates who successfully complete the course at an appropriate standard are eligible for advanced standing entry to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

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
  • Geographic Information Systems Officer
  • Urban Planner
  • Regional 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.

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 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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