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Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning - 956AA

Course Code: 956AA
Course Version: 4
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 363203
CRICOS Code: 062890C
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The course prepares the students to contribute to the making of more sustainable built, natural and social environments. It is concerned with local, national and global considerations through planning, public policy and social collaboration. It has a focus on economics and governance to equip urban planners with a sound understanding of the challenges of implementation. Its units cover a multidisciplinary set of intellectual and practical tools to prepare students to enter the planning profession. The teaching combines introduction to planning theory and philosophy with an emphasis on applied work and hands-on learning to qualify graduates to develop guidance for future growth and redevelopment of urban, suburban, and rural communities, and to help local communities solve challenging economic, social and environmental problems during a period of increasing uncertainty and change.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
In person Faculty of Business, Government and Law student support area (Building 11, Level B, Room 27 - Reception counter) or Email

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Assumed Knowledge

No knowledge is assumed for this course.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning B Urb&RegPlan

Typical Study Pattern

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Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. The critical analytical ability to dissect and analyse complex problems, understand the underlying issues and be able to make rational decisions based on reasoned argument. .
2. The creative ability to broaden the context of any problem or opportunity and be able to think laterally of possible solutions. .
3. The communication ability (both written and spoken) to be able to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders. .
4. Knowledge of land-use planning and the social, economic and environmental factors which impact on this. .
5. A knowledge of the role of government, community and the private sector in governance, particularly as it relates to land use planning and regional development policy. .
6. An understanding of the responsibilities across government and inter-governmental relations. .
7. Knowledge of policy instruments, advocacy, incentive, legislation and the market and their role in implementing policy. .
8. An understanding of good governance principles of accountability, transparency, accessibility, equity, efficiency, effectiveness and the processes and relationships which support these. .
9. An understanding of environmental law, and in particular statutory planning law. .
10. Knowledge of the history of planning and the role of planning in society, particularly in balancing private and public good. .
11. A basic knowledge of microeconomics and finance including the role of competitive markets, particularly in balancing private and public good. .
12. An understanding of natural processes and the ability to leverage these to support more efficient, sustainable human and natural systems. .
13. An understanding of cultural history and place and an ability to support rich, humane, accessible, culturally rich public places. .
14. An appreciation of the issues facing indigenous Australian communities and an understanding of indigenous policy particularly in relation to land, housing and employment. .

Course Duration

8 semesters full-time; equivalent part-time. Maximum 20 semesters.


High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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