Want to shape sustainable, productive, equitable and inspiring built environments? Through the Bachelor of City Planning (Honours), you’ll gain the skills, experience and accreditation you need for a career with impact in urban planning. 

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of City Planning (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of City Planning at UNSW is a four-year full-time honours degree through which you’ll learn to shape sustainable, equitable, healthy and inspiring built environments.

City planning is an exciting, varied and progressive profession. UNSW’s planning degree will equip you to work at the interface between development, land use, environment and urban design. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and career focused experience to turn creativity and critical thinking into real-world solutions - shaping the future of our cities and regions.

Work experience is a defining feature of this degree. As part of the Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA) community you’ll work alongside students and professionals from across the built environment, just as you would in the workplace. In your third year, you’ll undertake a Practice Year, where you’ll focus on practical and professional experience, benefitting from UNSW’s strong ties to industry and world-leading research in urban planning. 

Key features

You’ll explore city planning through key subject areas. These include:

  • Urban society, theory, history
  • City economics and development
  • Environment, sustainability and resilience
  • Planning law and administration
  • Strategic planning
  • Social and community planning
  • Urban design and plan making
  • GIS and city analytics
  • Infrastructure and transport planning
  • Housing policy and urban renewal
  • Rural and regional planning
  • Heritage planning

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Increase your employability through an honours level outcome
  • Gain professional accreditation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Access networking events with the PIA Young Planners 
  • Connect with Australia’s leading urban research centre, the City Futures Research Centre
  • Be supported by our diverse, open and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Study at a Built Environment School that ranks 33rd in the world and 4th in Australia  (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
3362
CRICOS Code
088837E
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
423600
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
259

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2021 A levels
13
2021 IB Diploma
29
2021 Lowest ATAR
73.65
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Alternative entry pathways

There are a number of ways we can help you get into UNSW. If you’re eligible, alternative entry schemes combined with your ATAR or equivalent, may assist you in meeting our entry requirements.

Explore your alternative entry options

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:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more about UNSW Global.

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 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:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of City Planning (Honours) is a 4-year program consisting of 28 courses, a Practice Year and completion of a research thesis in the final year.

The program includes:

  • 15 core courses
  • 3 Prescribed elective courses (choose from within City Planning)
  • 2 Interdisciplinary courses (BEIL)
  • 2 General education courses (choose from other schools)
  • Practice Year includes 5 practice courses completed during 1 year of practical experience
  • Plan Making Studio course
  • Thesis

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.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. 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.

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.

Below is an example of what you could study in a standard four-year-year, full-time study plan.

First year

  • 6 Core courses
  • 2 Electives

Second year

  • 8 Core courses

Third year (Practice Year)

  • 5 Practice courses
  • 3 Electives

During your Practice Year, you'll apply your skills and knowledge in city planning to real-world work experience and bring insights from this experience back into the classroom.  Our students undertake their work experience in diverse public and private sector organisations, including state government, local authorities, urban consultancies, development companies, private practice and NGOs.

Fourth year (Honours)

  • 1 Research core course
  • 1 Studio core course
  • 2 Electives
  • 1 Thesis

In your final year, you’ll deepen your knowledge through a self-directed research project. You’ll graduate with strong research skills developed through completion of a thesis that will set you apart as you kick-start your career.

See our sample degree structure or for further  information on coursework, course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

As a City Planner you’ll build a career that addresses local and global challenges facing our natural and built environments. You’ll graduate with the confidence, knowledge and career-ready skills to turn creativity and critical thinking into real world solutions. You’ll be prepared to:

  • Promote environmental sustainability, address climate change and built resilient cities and communities
  • Manage population growth and plan for new homes, jobs and services
  • Work with communities and stakeholders in fostering fair, equitable and inclusive neighbourhoods
  • Work with the development sector to deliver feasible, people-focused outcomes
  • Work with architects, urban designers and landscape architects to deliver well-designed, healthy and inspiring places  
  • Address major transport, infrastructure building and urban renewal provisions
  • Protect our natural and heritage built environments   

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

Accreditation

Planning Institute of Australia, Graduates are eligible for Corporate Membership of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), subject to practical experience.

Double degrees

You can combine the Bachelor of City Planning with Law to deepen your expertise and expand your career options. 

How to apply

If you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, you apply online through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Find out more about applying for a bachelor degree at UNSW.

Ready to apply?

If you are an international student, and you’re completing an Australian Year 12, the NZ NCEA Level 3 qualification, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia or overseas, you apply online through UAC International.

All other international students apply directly to UNSW.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at 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.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$41,040*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$172,240*

*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 below.

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.

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