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Graduate Certificate in City Planning

Arts, Design & Architecture
Seek and solve problems to improve life on earth
Improve lives by designing cities that are sustainable, equitable, healthy and inspiring. With the UNSW Graduate Certificate in City Planning, you’ll explore diverse subjects including city renewal, city analytics, housing policy and healthy sustainable communities. UNSW School of Built Environment is in the top 40 globally and is home to Australia’s leading urban research centre.
Commencing Terms
Term 1 & 3
Duration
0.7 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 7148
CRICOS code 088357K
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this program
2024 Indicative CSP first year fee
$4,500*
2024 Indicative CSP fee to complete degree
$4,500*
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Overview

The Graduate Certificate in City Planning at UNSW is a short postgraduate program that allows you to bring previous study or work experience to launch a career in urban and regional planning.

Planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession that plays a pivotal role shaping the future of cities. Through a career in planning, you’ll improve lives by designing cities that are sustainable, equitable, healthy and inspiring.

As part of the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture you’ll join a uniquely interdisciplinary community. You’ll work alongside students and professionals from across the built environment, just as you would in the workplace. You’ll benefit from UNSW’s strong ties to industry and world-leading research in city planning, as you explore diverse subjects including city renewal, city analytics, housing policy and healthy sustainable communities.

Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate, you can progress into the Graduate Diploma or Master of City Planning.

Key features

You can choose from a broad range of urban issues to explore through theory and practice, preparing you for diverse, future-focused careers. Areas of study include:

  • Urban society, theory, history
  • City economics and development
  • Environment and sustainability
  • City building – infrastructure and transport
  • Strategic spatial planning
  • Planning law and administration
  • Planning research and analysis
  • Urban management and development assessment
  • Communication, engagement and participation

Why study at UNSW?

  • Connect with Australia’s leading urban research centre, the City Futures Research Centre
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription included from the day you start for the duration of your studies
  • Study in and learn from one of the world’s great cities. Sydney will be your classroom
  • Establish networks through our strong industry links and partnerships
  • Progress into the Graduate Diploma or the professionally-accredited Master of City Planning
  • Study at a Built Environment School that ranks top 40 in the world and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2023)
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2023
  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Access world-class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 20 university (QS World University Rankings, 2024)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
7148
CRICOS Code
088357K
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
24
Indicative Enrolments
9

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Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in City Planning, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree with a credit average or above (Weighted Average Mark 65+). 

Progression pathways

Once you’ve completed the Graduate Certificate in City Planning you can apply for entry into the Graduate Diploma or Master of City Planning with credit points for courses already completed.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in City Planning, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree with a credit average or above (Weighted Average Mark 65+). 

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Graduate Certificate in City Planning is a consists of four courses, and can be completed in four-terms full-time (or the part time equivalent).

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

The Graduate Certificate of City Planning is the shortest in UNSW’s suite of postgraduate city planning programs, and can be completed in two terms full-time.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard two-term full-time study plan:

Term 1

  • 2 Core City Planning courses

Term 2

  • 1 Core City Planning course
  • 1 Sustainability/Sustainable Development focused elective

For further information on course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

You’ll graduate with improved skills to move into a variety of professional roles related to planning, including in private sector consultancies, environmental planning, urban development, or regional development. 

If you’re a professional working in another sector this program can facilitate career progression, especially if your work intersects with the planning system or requires involvement with planning agencies. You’ll also gain in-demand analytical, collaborative and communication skills, opening up more diverse career opportunities. 

The Graduate Certificate in City Planning provides a pathway into UNSW’s Master of City Planning, from which you can graduate a professionally accredited city planner with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Potential careers

  • Strategic Planner
  • Local Government Planner
  • Social and Community Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Urban Consultant
  • Urban Policy Analyst
  • Urban Policy Officer
  • Transport Planning
  • Urban Designer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Property Developer

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

Commonwealth Supported Places

2024 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$4,500*

2024 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$4,500*

All places within this degree are Commonwealth supported. This means that if you receive an offer from UNSW Sydney as a domestic student, you will have a substantial proportion of your fees  subsidised by the Australian government. Start your application today with our guide on how to apply

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$18,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$18,000*

*The indicative Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) fees are an estimate based on the relevant student contribution band/s for a Commonwealth Supported Place undertaking a standard full-time load of 48 units of credit per year (1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load/1 EFTSL). To find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the degree/program. The indicative fee listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$23,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$23,500*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 20
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2024.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

The degree has an exceptional professional and academic reputation.

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