Urban Planning and Design - F6004

Urban Planning and Design

Professional entry master degree

Planners can no longer rely on policy-focused approaches to re-frame contemporary and future cities. In this project-based urban planning and design course, recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia, you’ll work on projects based in real settings, addressing the challenges facing planners in the 21st century.

The Master of Urban Planning and Design course offers an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, engaging with the urban planning interests in the Department of Architecture as well as other research interests in Monash University, such as the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, the Monash Sustainability Institute and the Monash Infrastructure Institute.

The focus of the project studios is on understanding the impacts relating to the growth and transformation of cities – themes include the Compact City, the Ecological City, the Sprawling City and the Inclusive City. The cumulative project work is undertaken in groups and individually in the studio setting, and includes field visits, workshops, seminars and case study research. You’ll work with students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, along with Australian and internationally experienced academics and practitioners committed to multidisciplinary research.

The course is open to applicants from backgrounds as diverse as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economics and geography. On graduating you’ll be equipped to seek employment in government departments and agencies, and in planning practices in Australia and around the world.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • 2 years (full time)
Start date First semester (February)
Qualification Master of Urban Planning and Design

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least credit average (60 per cent)

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants must also provide 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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code F6004.

Closing date

Applications for semester one 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. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places are available to eligible applicants.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.