Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: BP188
- CRICOS code: 050825M
- Campus: City campus
Urban and regional planning is more than just creating physical environments - it’s a way of sustainably changing and shaping the world. You’ll learn to understand all the influences that affect the way we live, and the many considerations that go into creating sustainable and liveable cities and regions.
This program is suitable for anyone with a passion for geography, urban design, history, economics, politics or environmental studies.
While this program focuses on Melbourne and its surroundings, you will be introduced to planning practices across the world. You will be involved in many real-life projects with leading practitioners.
4 years full-time
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
By studying Australian society, politics and economics you’ll better understand the foundations of urban and regional planning. You will also cover the origins and development of planning principles and practices.
You’ll focus on contemporary planning policies together with social science research methods, planning law, urban design and climate change. Many students opt to study overseas for a semester at this stage.
You can specialise in different areas of practice: rural, transport and social planning, and planning at local government.
In your final year you will undertake a 60-day, paid work placement plus studies in urban design, property development, structure planning and planning theory. You’ll finish by writing either an individual thesis or a major planning report in a small group on a chosen topic.
An Honours year is available.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
In fourth year, students undertake 60 days of paid employment. You pick one from a list of position descriptions from potential employers. While there are competitive interviews they're usually more placements than students. The types of work include strategic planning, statutory planning and social planning in either local or state government or the private sector. This often leads to full-time work after graduation.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Urban and regional planning graduates readily secure jobs and have ample opportunity for early career promotions. Many start in local government, or find work with private sector planning consultancies and property developers.
Graduates can also build careers in urban design, community health and welfare, housing, and transport planning. Many RMIT planners work overseas.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The RMIT urban and regional planning program is recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia.
You’ll be eligible for student membership. The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) has mutual recognition of membership status with the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut Canadien des Urbanistes (CIP).
Students can study for a semester overseas in second year in countries with progressive planning systems like Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70%.
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
- Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
3. Complete and submit your application using one of the following options:
- Apply online. Please read these important notes before proceeding.
- Print and complete the Application form for international students (PDF 315 KB 4p) and submit following the instructions on the form.
- Use a registered RMIT representative in your country.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
- In addition to tuition fees you are required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
- Here is an estimate cost of living you can expect to pay each year.
Second year students with the sufficient grade point average can transfer to the 2-year Honours program.
Global, Urban & Social Studies
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