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  • Objectives
    The course will address development pressures as well as key issues at local government level with respect to the design of high quality healthy urban environments, environmental sustainability, cultural heritage, and the forming of ethical public policy. The program is offered at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels to meet a variety of needs in terms of entry qualifications and graduate options. The program aims to: * give students an advanced knowledge and understanding of the key issues at local government level with respect to the design of high quality healthy urban environments, environmental sustainability, cultural heritage, the forming of ethical public policy * ability to engage in critical evaluation and high-level debates concerning planning, governance and management at local government level * effectively communicate to and empathise with specialist audiences and the wider community on matters relation to planning at the local government level * an understanding of and the ability to work with a systematic body of knowledge appropriate to the level of a postgraduate degree * ability to work independently in planning, managing and reporting within their professional area * ability to work collaboratively with others in a shared pursuit of knowledge * a commitment to ethical and sustainable practices at local government level
  • Entry requirements
    To be eligible for admission into the Masters of Planning applicants require: * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or * qualifications deemed to be equivalent; or * extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level
  • Academic Title
    Master of Planning
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    *Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2009 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

    Career opportunities

    Deakin’s planning courses provide graduates with skills that will enable them to work across diverse sectors of the planning industry. They will assist graduates in securing meaningful career positions such as:

        * Strategic planners in local, regional or state governments;
        * Strategic planners in private practice or consultancies;
        * Planners in the health field (including hospitals, health networks, government departments);
        * Strategic planners for companies involved in suburban or regional housing developments.

    There currently exists a critical shortage of skilled and experienced experts, especially in rural and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change. Due to immense change in the planning and design industry, government and professional bodies are calling for graduate programs which address this complex array of changes.

    Course rules
    To qualify for the Master of Planning , a student must successfully complete 12 credit point of study comprising:

        * 4 compulsory core units; and
        * 8 credit point of electives selected from the specified list of units below

    Course structure

    Compulsory core units

    Trimester 1

    AIA718 Planning Theory, Urban Governance and the Law  

    SRD761 Designing Urban Environments A  

    Trimester 2

    HSH724 Local Action for Healthy Cities and Communities  


    Trimester 3 2008/09

    SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design  



    Trimester 1

    AIA716 Research Methods for Planners  

    AIM701 Heritage and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region  

    AIM707 Building Conservation Techniques  

    AIM709 Intangible Heritage  

    AIM716 Heritage and the City  

    AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  *

    AIP745 Comparative Local Governance  

    AIP773 Governance and Accountability  

    AIP775 Contracting and Public Private Partnerships  

    HSH709 Health and Social Impact Assessment  

    HSH739 International Perspectives on Health Policy and Planning  

    SQE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  

    SQE723 Environmental Management Systems  

    SRA742 Urban Perspectives  

    SRD763 Designing Urban Environments B  

    Trimester 2

    AIM703 Heritage Law, Planning and the Property Market  

    AIM704 Heritage and Sustainable Cultural Tourism  

    AIM705 Architectural Conservation Practice  

    AIM708 World Heritage  

    AIM710 Shared Heritage: Issues and Perspectives  

    AIM714 Cultural Landscapes  

    AIP774 Public Management  

    AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  

    MMM796 Cultural and Community Planning  

    SQE722 Environmental Risk Assessment  

    SRD764 Designing Urban Environments C  

    SRM781 Managing Change and Innovation  

    Trimester 1 or trimester 2

    HSH736 Community Consultation and Participation  

    HSH740 People, Health and Planning  

    SRM771 Work Place Assessment  


    *AIP740 is also offered trimester 3 (off campus only)

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    To be eligible for admission into the Masters of Planning applicants require:

        * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
        * qualifications deemed to be equivalent; or
        * extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Advanced standing - specific

    Applications for advanced standing will be considered depending on the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.


    The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters of Planning comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Planning will lead to admission into either the Graduate Diploma of Planning or the Master of Planning with up to 4 credit points of advanced standing. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Planning or equivalent will lead to admission into the Master of Planning with up to 8 credit points of advanced standing.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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