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
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.
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.
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
Compulsory core units
AIA718 Planning Theory, Urban Governance and the Law
SRD761 Designing Urban Environments A
HSH724 Local Action for Healthy Cities and Communities
Trimester 3 2008/09
SRD762 Interdisciplinary Planning and Design
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
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.