MC221 - Master of Urban Planning and Environment

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Plan: MC221 - Master of Urban Planning and Environment
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose 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 Urban Planning and Environment
Award abbreviation: MUrbPlanEnv
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 2 years FT or 4 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040103
CRICOS code: 079932C

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Purpose of the Program

The Master in Urban Planning and Environment program (MC221) has been designed to develop the specialised knowledge and skills required for professional practice in the fields of urban planning, policy and management. The program aims to develop your advanced knowledge and abilities to practice these interrelated professional fields though analysing information from diverse sources, thinking critically, conducting research, engaging in professionally relevant practical projects and promoting effective policy and interdisciplinary outcomes.

You must complete the suite of core courses and may choose to specialise by completing a series of elective courses in a particular area. The program may be taken on campus or via the internet; all core courses, and some electives, are offered fully online. In the final semester you will complete a project-based capstone course in which you will synthesize and integrate your knowledge and skills, connect theory and practice, as well as demonstrate your holistic understanding of the program’s learning outcomes.

As a graduate you will be able to work as a professional urban planner or policy-maker in Australia, either in the public sector with national, state and local government, the private sector (for example, in resource management, property and infrastructure development, community engagement) and private practice.

If you successfully complete the program you will be able to acquire nationally recognized professional accreditation with the Planning Institute of Australia. The program is also a recognised pathway to membership with the the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (

As a life-long learner and reflective practitioner, you will have gained skill sets that are transferable and able to be practised in a global context.  These skills relate to research, spatial management, professional communication and problem solving for a sustainable future.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed a bachelor, bachelor honours, graduate certificate or graduate diploma degree qualification majoring in urban and regional planning, geography, urban design, architecture, landscape design or environmental studies, then you may be eligible for up to a maximum of 48 credit points worth of course exemptions.

Applicants with a bachelor honours, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfers up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning and Environment (GD125) is available as an exit award of the Master of Urban Planning and Environment (MC221). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Master of Urban Planning and Environment (MC221), you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in Postgraduate Research Programs.


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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience. 

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page -

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page -

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External accreditation and industry links

The Master of Urban Planning and Environment (MC221) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia ( On successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia, with reciprocal membership of key international planning associations by selecting appropriate studies (as outlined below).

While there 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.

Industry Links

The Master of Urban Planning and Environment (MC221) 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.

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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

Library resources and services

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, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

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