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Urban and regional planning is more than just creating physical environments - it’s a way of sustainably changing and shaping the world.
You will learn to understand all the influences that affect the way we live, work, play and commute and the many other considerations involved in 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 surrounds, you will be introduced to planning practices across the world. You will be involved in many real-life projects with leading practitioners.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT is constantly re-imagining the city and the concepts of a liveable city are explored through our lectures, research, international study tours, field excursions and project experiences.
It is the task of the planner to collate, evaluate and present decision-makers and the community with a broad range of technical and scientific information, in a format that is easy to understand. This program will teach you to understand all the factors involved in skilfully communicating between stakeholders and creating successful, socially responsible planning outcomes.
Many planning practitioners act as guest lecturers and on occasion, as sessional lecturers.
- written exercises - essays, reports, reflective pieces, policies
- oral presentations
- graphic presentations
- progressive practice-based assessments that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and capabilities.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
In the fourth year, students undertake 60 days of paid employment chosen from a list of position descriptions from potential employers. While some interviews are competitive there are usually more placements than students.
Placements include working in strategic planning, statutory planning and social planning in local or state government or the private sector. Placements often lead to full-time work after graduation.
This program pioneered formal work placements in the industry. Many employers now actively seek out RMIT planning students to fill their work placement vacancies.
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. Eighty-one per cent of graduates find full-time employment within the field, with a median starting salary of $50,000 (Source: McCrindle Research). Many start in local government or find work with private sector planning consultancies and property developers.
As cities continue to grow, so does the need for more planners.
Graduates can also build careers in areas such as urban design, community health and welfare, housing and transport planning. Many RMIT planners work overseas.
- urban planner
- statutory planner
- town planner
- social planner
- environmental planner
- subdivisions planner
- civil urban planner
- urban designer
- transport planner
- environmental manager
- strategic planner.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The RMIT urban and regional planning program is recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). You will be eligible for student membership.
The PIA has mutual recognition of membership status with the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut Canadien des Urbanistes (CIP)
You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world projects in international contexts. Our students have been leading participants in project teams working with partner organisations in countries such as Vietnam, Nepal and in parts of Latin America.
In second year you have the opportunity to study a semester overseas in countries with progressive planning systems such as Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Shape our world
Help create liveable and sustainable cities and regions. Understand the influences that affect the way we live, work, play and commute.