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Master of Urban Planning and Design

Applications are currently open. CSP places available.

Why study urban planning and design at Monash?

“A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.” – Sir Patrick Geddes, Pioneering town planner

Urban planners play a pivotal role in shaping how our cities respond to significant challenges. These challenges might include accommodating growing populations, servicing new communities, renewing older areas, building resilient infrastructure, locating emerging industries, preparing for the impacts of climate change and responding to disruptive innovations.

If you’re curious, creative and dedicated to enriching our urban communities, becoming a professional urban planner could transform your future – and the future of others.

You may be about to complete an undergraduate degree. Or perhaps you already work in urban planning or an allied area and would like to advance your current career, or lay the groundwork for a different journey.

Whatever your motivation, we welcome applicants from around the world, and from all backgrounds: architecture, environment, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, geography, heritage…

Whether you’re changing careers, or moving forward in your field, you won’t waste your previous experience. You’ll build on what you already know to make a strong platform for the next stage in your career.

And we’ll give you credit for relevant qualifications which may shorten your course.

"The Master of Urban Planning and Design degree at Monash University is a much needed addition to the array of planning courses in Victoria and Australia generally.  The MUPD has key strengths in design thinking, collaborative problem solving and the economics of urban development.

The course is configured around the conceptual frameworks and tools which planners need to positively impact city development in the context of structural economic change and volatile politics.I recommend this new course to current and aspiring professional planners nationally and abroad."

Dr Marcus Spiller, Principal and Partner, SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd; Former National President, Planning Institute of Australia

At a glance

Degree awarded
Master of Urban Planning and Design

Course entry
Semester one (February)

Period of study
2 years

Fees are subject to change annually.

Domestic fee
CSP*: A$8900
Full fee: A$28,800
2017 fees p.a.

International fee
A$30,600 p.a.

Course code
Monash University: F6004
CRICOS: 089737A

Project-based learning in real world settings

In the Masters of Urban Planning and Design, teams work on projects along four themes: compact city, ecological city, sprawling city and inclusive city.

Exploring each, you’ll encounter all sorts of critical questions. How do we manage disruptive technologies? Can we create more bike lanes? What’s the best way to manage flood risk? How do we protect environmentally sensitive areas? Can we ensure good quality of life for elderly people? How can we plan high-density cities to be both sustainable and liveable?

To provide insight into such issues, learnings are integrated across the themes through lectures, workshops, seminars and field visits. Planning projects, complementary study units and professional practice subjects work as a package to develop applied skills and knowledge.

This course clearly puts you ahead of the competition by training you to integrate design with traditional policy-driven processes. Wherever you’re headed, you’ll bring along essential creative, analytical and communication skills.

And, no matter what work you choose to do, these skills will give you a serious edge when it comes to making your mark on the world.

What you will learn

This practical, project-based course allows you to:

  • Tackle 21st century urban problems in real-world settings
  • Collaborate across disciplines
  • Combine planning methods with design skills
  • Deepen your understanding of research practices
  • Enrich your knowledge by comparing plans and policies in cities around the world

Entry requirements

    An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least credit average (60 per cent), a CV, and a 250-word statement of purpose outlining your area of interest and the reason why you would like to complete the course. The application process will be conducted in two stages, with your statement and CV being reviewed before being shortlisted for an interview.



The Master of Urban Planning and Design course is lead by a group of diverse individuals with breadth and depth of industry experience.

    • Dr Carl Grodach

      Foundation Head of Master of Urban Planning and Design
      In addition to lecturing, Grodach has an extensive research background, focusing on community economic development, cultural planning, and urban revitalization planning. He is currently working with academics from across Australia on an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant “Urban cultural policy and the changing dynamics of cultural production”.

    • Catherine Murphy

      Senior Lecturer
      Murphy is currently doing her PhD on integrated design and planning processes that foreground water as a driver of urban form. She has worked as a program manger, curator and writer/editor, and started her work life in book publishing.

    • Kerry O’Neill

      Practice Professor of Urban Planning and Design
      O’Neill has extensive cross sector experience leading strategic planning projects in integrated urban policy and planning, disaster recovery and sustainable community development. She is currently the program manager for the Footscray University Town initiative, a partnership between Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.

    • Peter Phibbs

      Visiting Professor of Urban Planning and Design
      Peter Phibbs is a geographer, planner and social economist with extensive experience in program evaluation, financial analysis and cost benefit analysis. He has over twenty years’ experience undertaking housing research. Currently he is the Head of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney and Director of the Henry Halloran Trust.

    How to apply

    Applications are currently open.

    Current Monash students

    You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

    Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful.

    Future students

    Apply online directly to Monash using course code F6004.

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