Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at UNE?

The Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning offers a thorough grounding in urban and regional planning both to graduates wishing to enter the profession and to practising professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge.

The course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute's Urban and Regional Planning Chapter. Graduates who have successfully completed the award at an appropriate standard are eligible for advanced standing entry to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Career Opportunities

Examples include positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, development companies, state and federal government departments involved with urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, regional prosperity and related fields.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation GradDipUrbRegPlan
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 000437D
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Advanced Standing

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Academic Colours

Mace (BCC 73)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Advanced Standing

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

In exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the school, the period of candidature may be extended.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including 30 credit points at 400 level and not more than 18 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 54 cps
Listed Units 18 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

Grades of Pass

Students may be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at the levels of Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Exceptional Merit. Levels are calculated on the basis of the average mark a student achieves in units completed as part of the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. Pass corresponds to an average mark in the Pass or Credit range; Pass with Merit corresponds to an average mark in the Distinction range; and Pass with Exceptional Merit corresponds to an average mark in the High Distinction range. To qualify for the degree with these levels students must have completed the unit GEPL455.

Examination of Dissertation

For students undertaking the unit GEPL455:
(a) the dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners;
(b) the examiners may be internal or external to The University of New England at the discretion of the course coordinator;
(c) the final level of award will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work;
(d) a dissertation will not be examined by a candidate's supervisor, but the supervisor should be consulted in the determination of the final result.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning enables graduates to contribute towards making the world more liveable and sustainable through developing understanding and skills in all major and core areas relating to place-making and land use planning.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced, systematic and coherent body of knowledge in urban and regional planning, including deep understanding of the discipline's underlying principles and concepts;
  2. demonstrate highly developed cognitive, critical and technical skills to analyse and evaluate complex land-use and built-environment problems in a range of social, economic and environmental contexts;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills to exercise the high level judgement and responsibility required of a highly skilled professional planner in the governance of diverse urban and regional contexts; and
  4. demonstrate initiative in planning and evaluating approaches to complex planning problems, capacity to work in leadership roles, and ability to communicate complex and theoretical information to a variety of audiences.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will possess advanced theoretical and practical knowledge about land use planning and its place in contemporary society locally and internationally. Graduates will understand how planning influences society and space in a variety of urban and regional contexts. This knowledge will be delivered through various teaching platforms, in the classroom and online, via a variety of materials ranging from critical readings to maps, plans and statistics. The development of knowledge in the discipline will be monitored through assignments within each unit of the course.

Communication Skills

Graduates will possess advanced skills to communicate in forms essential to the discipline. This will include the ability to communicate through oral communication, report writing, statistics, maps, plans and other graphical forms. It will also include skills to constructively engage with various participants in urban and regional planning. These skills will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities and assessment tasks throughout the course.

Problem Solving

Graduates will possess advanced skills to identify problems and develop solutions in urban and regional planning. This will include capacity to interpret urban and regional environments, their composition and social impacts, and to contribute to the improvement of those environments through professional decision-making techniques. The course will hone these skills in general methods of urban and regional planning, and in specialist areas like transport planning, and urban design.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have the ability to identify information requirements in a variety of planning situations, and advanced skills in sourcing, using and representing that information for planning practice. This will include assembling information from primary and secondary sources, and evaluating the significance of that information for a given context. These skills will be taught throughout the course, and exercised through a variety of guided assignment tasks.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have expert awareness of the professional and ethical responsibilities of the planning profession. Graduates will have advanced skills to engage appropriately with various participants in the planning discipline, and to be appropriately responsive to various social and cultural influences in planning interactions.

Lifelong Learning

Skills and knowledge developed during the course will foster intellectual curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in the graduate. Advanced cognition of planning concepts and practices developed through the course will provide a foundation for lifelong intellectual engagement with the discipline.

Independence and Collaboration

The various learning activities undertaken during the course will provide the graduate skills to work independently and collaboratively in planning situations. Graduates will have a confidence in their grasp of planning knowledge, and skills to inclusively negotiate planning outcomes with a variety of stakeholders. These skills will be developed through on-campus and online interactive activities, ranging from self-directed learning to collaborative projects.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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