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Master of Planning


Faculty of Arts
Master of Planning (MPlan)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree
• Minimum GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

600 level

Rethinking Resource Management (4)
Environment and Society (4)
Australian Environmental Futures (4)
Australian Environmental Futures (4)
Urban Dynamics: Population, Housing and Economy (4)

800 level

Urban Social Impact Assessment (4)
Local Government Approval Process (4)
Sustainable Urban Regions (4)
Gateway to the Planning Profession (4)
Environmental Decision Making (4)
Local Government and Planning Law (4)
8cp from
Development Theory and Practice (4)
Indigenous Interests and Identities (4)
Cross Institutional Study B (4)
Biodiversity Survey and Monitoring (4)
Contemporary Conservation in Australia (4)
Climate Change Impacts (4)
Regional and Global Conservation (4)
Economics of Public Issues (4)
Science in Environmental Management (4)
Climate Change and The Climate System (4)
Air and Water Quality (4)
Environmental Measurement and Analysis (4)
Introduction to Geographic Information Science for Postgraduates (4)
Environmental Economics (4)
Coastal Environmental Science (4)
Environmental Planning (4)
Environmental Health (4)
Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices (4)
Pollution Control and Waste Management (4)
Environmental Management Practice (4)
Environmental Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing (4)
Management of Degraded Environments (4)
Attitudes to the Environment (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
Climate Change: Policies, Management and Adaptation (4)
Heritage and its Management (4)
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
Special Topic in Environment and Geography A (4)
Special Topic in Environment and Geography B (8)
Corporate Environmental Management (4)
International Agreements and the Environment (4)
Environmental Impact Assessment (4)
International Law and Institutions (4)
Climate Change Law (4)
Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (4)
International Environmental Law (4)
Indigenous Peoples and the Law (4)
Environmental Communication (4)
Developing Social Policy (4)
Evaluation and the Policy Process (4)
Activism and Policy Design (4)
1 specialisation
Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 092011B
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Planning is interdisciplinary and flexible degree aimed at preparing students for a variety of planning positions in the public and private sector.

The degree is accredited by the Australian Institute of Planning and builds on urban and environmental studies program that commenced in 1978.

A key feature of the degree is its focus on sustainability and environmental issues and how these play out in strategic land use planning and assessment. The degree also enables students to pursue special interests in climate change, environmental management, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, environmental law and policy, social impact assessment, community consultation, spatial sciences and social change.

The degree focuses on the development of skills needed for the practicing planner. The curriculum is based on lectures, workshops, tutorials and importantly field visits to ground theory to practice.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates of the Master of Planning find employment in a wide variety of organisations: Government, in Australia particularly at local and state levels; non-government organisations; and in the private sector there are opportunities in specialist and multi-disciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies.

Career opportunities include:

State government: strategic planning; policy development and research; statutory planning; development assessment & control; environmental & social impact assessment

Local Government: strategic planning; statutory planning; development assessment & control; environmental impact assessment

Federal Government: policy development & research; environmental & social impact assessment

Private Sector: specialist and multi-disciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies; development companies & agencies

Non Government Organisations: advocacy & lobby groups; peak interest and action groups; research organisations

International organisations: development planning, sustainable development

The program prepares students via exposure to a wide variety of case studies; training in diverse disciplines and in cross-disciplinary thinking; workshops and field work that provide training in practical skills; and the opportunity to be part of a student consulting team with an actual government or private sector client.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

The Master of Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148