BH108 - Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)

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Plan: BH108 - Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
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: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BUrb&RegPlan(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time/ 8 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 040103
CRICOS code: 080010B

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Purpose of the Program

Cities are at the centre of Human Futures. The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is your pathway to a career in Urban Planning where you will interrogate, understand, manage and change cities for improved liveability, equity and sustainability. In the program, you will be part of an active and collegiate student cohort with extensive interaction between staff and students. Our staff are leaders in their fields and our programs are based on world’s best, high quality research and practice.

The program has been designed for you to develop coherent knowledge and technical skills in urban and regional planning applicable to employment in a wide range of sectors, especially local government, state government departments and with private sector planning and design consultancies. You will engage with planning practices and be conversant in key concepts and processes that are responsive to political and social context. You will be able to independently solve problems by exercising responsibility, engage in critical analysis informed by professional standards of practice and have a regard for key values such as equity and respect for individuals the natural environment. You will also learn to use social research as part of planning practice to design, conduct and disseminate professional and scholarly findings.

In your final year, you will undertake an research project, as a capstone experience. You can choose either an individual research thesis or a major research project as part of a research team. This project will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge from previous urban-planning courses, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner with coherent knowledge of the planning industry. You will be able to confidently communicate and work with others and provide informed insights into directions of the industry. You will be able to research developments and apply informed judgement, balancing economic development with the needs of communities and the environment. As a graduate you can build a career in areas such as strategic and statutory land-use planning, transport planning, urban design, community health and welfare, housing, and environmental policy. Our graduates make a real difference for communities and the environment and are in strong demand throughout Australia, and the degree is highly transferable to international contexts.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours): 

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management, Master of Urban Planning and Environment, Master of Public Policy and Master of International Development, subject to each program's entry requirements.  

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

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


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

All applicants not currently studying year 12 (or equivalent) must complete and submit a personal statement and include their reasons for wanting to study the course, the personal strengths and attributes they will bring to the course, demonstration of an awareness of current issues in urban planning, and details of any work experience.

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

External Accreditation

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), which undertakes a regular review of all accredited planning programs. Completion of this program makes you eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the PIA, with reciprocal membership of key international planning associations. The PIA is the peak body representing professions involved in planning Australia's cities, towns, regions and places. Further information about PIA can be found at

Industry Links

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) program at RMIT University has multiple linkages with the profession and the planning industry, as well as regular collaboration with the Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian Division) on a range of issues of mutual interest.

The program is taught by academics who have strong industry links and current professional experience. Planning practitioners participate as guest lecturers and, on occasion, delivery courses. Planning agencies in metropolitan Melbourne offer RMIT planning students work placements,a key component of the planning degree. 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
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