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