MC074 - Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management)

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Plan: MC074DE - Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Objectives of the program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management)
Award abbreviation: MSocSc(IntlUrbEnvMgt)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full time, 3 years part time
Location: Distance Education
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040103
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Objectives of the program

The Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management) (IUEM) provides a unique postgraduate program on urban and environmental management issues in the developing world and transitional economies. This program focuses on the problems associated with urbanisation in developing countries, such as inadequate infrastructure, informal settlements and the ecological and economic requirements of cities. 

The program is designed to offer you an intensive professional education in urban and environmental management that will equip you to work on sustainable development in governments in developing countries, non-government organisations, multilateral and bilateral international development agencies and consultants. 

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Articulation and pathways


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

There is a pathway into this Masters program from the related Graduate Certificate and then the Graduate Diploma programs. Alternatively if, you initially enrol in the Master's program, you may exit early after completing the requirements of the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma with that level of qualification.


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Entrance requirements

You must have a recognised undergraduate university qualification and/or equivalent work experience.

In addition, International Students must be able to meet the minimum University English Language requirements either:

  • IELTS - 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL - Paper Based = 580+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • TOEFL - Computer Based = 237+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • REW - Advanced Plus certificate (Advanced 2 certificate pre- 2011)

or alternative recognised qualification or equivalent.

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    External accreditation and industry links

    The Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management) program at RMIT University has multiple linkages with associated profession bodies and the planning and environment industries.

    In particular there is regular collaboration with the Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian Division) on a range of issues of mutual interest. Planning practitioners often participate in the program as guest and sessional lecturers. In recent years selected planning agencies have partnered RMIT planning staff in Australian Research Council grant applications.


    Planning courses on offer within the Master of Social Science (International Urban and Environmental Management) program are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

    If you successfully complete the relevant accredited planning courses (as outlined below) you will be eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia, with reciprocal membership of key international planning associations.

    To be eligible for membership you must successfully complete four (4) of the following courses:

     - ARCH1261 - Managing Contemporary Planning Issues

     - ARCH1272 - Planning Theory and Contemporary Practice

     - ARCH1274 - City Building and Urban Design Process

     - ARCH1324 - Origins and Development of Urban Planning

     - ENVI1134 - Statutory Plan and Environment


    Successfully complete an additional four (4) courses from the following electives:

    ARCH1209, ARCH1260, ARCH1262, ARCH1263, ARCH1264, ARCH1265, ARCH1266, ARCH1268,

    ARCH1270, ARCH1271, ARCH1281, ARCH1282, ARCH1283, ARCH1287, ARCH1295, ARCH1297,

    ARCH1311, ARCH1321, ARCH1323, ENVI1149, ENVI1151, ENVI1173, HUSO2079

    The Planning Institute of Australia is the peak body representing professions involved in planning Australia's cities, towns, regions and places. Completion of this program and nominated planning courses provides you with the ability to be eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia, with reciprocal membership of key international planning associations.

    Further information about PIA can be found at

    While there no is no formal accreditation of environment courses in Australia, successful completing of courses with an Environmental focus in the program is a recognised means of entry to the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. 


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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT
    ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University
    wireless network in the Library.

    Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based
    tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

    The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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