University of Canberra
UC academic programs

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

This four year degree course is designed to equip graduates with the analytical and communication skills students will need as urban and regional planning professionals. It builds on the University of Canberra's strengths in governance, finance, economics, built environment, law and the environment.

The course examines in particular government decision making, the pressure provided by community involvement and the increasing reliance on the private sector for infrastructure investment and management. Students will develop the skills to manage the public/private/community dynamic often found in a complex planning environment. It also develops the theoretical base for understanding economic and environmental markets and their role in policy and planning.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a two year coursework degree, incorporating the staged achievements of a Graduate Certificate and Graduate diploma. Planners play a critical role in shaping the communities in which we all live, making them more liveable, sustainable and vibrant places. Increasingly the planning profession is involved in multi disciplinary responses to changing urban form and effective frameworks for private sector investment. Innovation in urban infrastructure planning, urban management and capital city strategic planning are emerging national priorities. The ACT region provides an immediate ‘urban and regional observatory’ for students to examine contemporary planning issues.

As noted above, the Masters degree is a 2 year full time course.  There is an option to complete this degree in 1.5 years, through a more intensive program comprising three semesters plus 2 winter terms of full time study. Part-time study options are available and work /study combinations encouraged. Full-time domestic students in this course may be eligible for student income support in the form of Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement.

New Cross-Institutional unit: Coastal Planning

Coastal planning involves examining the social, economic and environmental considerations that affect the Australian coastal zone. Population growth, demographic change, infrastructure demands and climate change are key issues that will be discussed in the unit.  Community engagement in that process of coastal planning will also be addressed. The theory of integrated coastal management together with leading practice in implementation will be further explored. The catchment to coast to marine continuum will underpin the unit learning outcomes. This unit will be co-taught (undergraduate and postgraduate) and is also open to students from all levels, and participating Australian universities as a cross-institutional unit. The unit includes 1-week field trip to Jervis Bay.

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  •  understand the key social, economic and environmental issues affect the coastal zone;
  •  demonstrate knowledge of the theory of Integrated Coastal Management, its development and application;
  •  demonstrate an understanding of the climate change risk assessments for the Australian coast and the possible consequences for coastal communities; and
  •  demonstrate an understanding of current policy initiatives and possible pathways forward.