Master of Planning (K7P)

Overview  2019

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

ATAR

No Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Guaranteed Entry ATAR

Achievement of a specified ATAR will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.

:
See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
"After working in environmental management for a number of years, I wanted to increase my knowledge of the systems regulating land use and of the factors influencing our built and natural environments."

Natalie Holman
Master of Planning graduate

Planning improves our regions and urban areas by integrating the social, ecological and economic within decision-making. The Master of Planning course equips you with knowledge and practical skills to plan for sustainable futures.

If you're looking to progress to the next stage in your career, or you want contribute to tackling local, regional and global challenges, this accredited course will take you there.

Our home state of Tasmania provides a unique learning environment. Urban areas, agricultural landscapes, extensive tracts of natural lands, and internationally significant cultural heritage are in close proximity and all easily accessible, providing opportunities for globally relevant case studies.

High student/teacher ratios maximise your opportunities for academic interaction and support, and you will benefit from the expertise of our staff and our close ties with the planning profession.

The Master of Planning is professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

In completing the coursework units of the Master of Planning, you will:

  1. Acquire advanced knowledge required by planning professionals;
  2. Acquire advanced technical and communication skills required by planning professionals;
  3. Develop capacity in reviewing, analysing, synthesising, evaluating and applying knowledge;
  4. Develop capacity in identifying and assessing potential solutions to complex planning problems;
  5. Develop capacity to participate effectively in employment or further study in the field of planning at local, state, national or international levels;
  6. Show initiative and judgement in professional practice and scholarship;
  7. Develop an understanding of environmental and social responsibility, justice and cultural diversity;
  8. Develop capacity in communicating clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and
  9. Develop capacity to take responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, in collaboration with others.

In completing the research component of the Master of Planning, you will:

  1. Develop skills in identifying, acquiring and analysing diverse resources that include published material, websites, databases and other media;
  2. Obtain practical research training by designing and undertaking a specialized project;
  3. Develop written skills to a level appropriate for preparation of professional reports, and in the case of the research thesis, preparation of a paper suitable for submission to a refereed journal
  4. Develop oral communication skills to a level appropriate for the delivery of a presentation at a national conference; and
  5. Be prepared for professional working careers, and in the case of the research thesis, higher degrees by research.

The course also addresses a set of competency outcomes specified by the accrediting body (Planning Institute of Australia).

In completing the coursework units of the Master of Planning, the course aims to give students opportunities to:

1. acquire advanced knowledge required by planning professionals;

2. acquire advanced technical and communication skills required by planning professionals;

3. develop capacity in reviewing, analysing, synthesising, evaluating and applying knowledge;

4. develop capacity in identifying and assessing potential solutions to complex planning problems;

5. develop capacity to participate effectively in employment or further study in the field of planning at local, state, national or international levels;

6. show initiative and judgement in professional practice and scholarship;

7. develop an understanding of environmental and social responsibility, justice and cultural diversity;

8. develop capacity in communicating clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and


9. develop capacity to take responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, in collaboration with others.


In completing the research component of the Master of Planning, students will have opportunities to:

1. develop skills in identifying, acquiring and analysing diverse resources that include published material, websites, databases and other media;

2.obtain practical research training by designing and undertaking a specialized project;

3. develop written skills to a levelappropriate for preparation of professional reports, and in the case of the research thesis, preparation of a paper suitable for submission to a refereed journal;


4. develop oral communication skills to a level appropriate for the delivery of a presentation at a national conference; and

5. be prepared for professional working careers, and in the case of the research thesis, higher degrees by research.

The course also addresses a set of competency outcomes specified by the accrediting body (Planning Institute of Australia).

This course is specifically designed to prepare you for your career as a planner. As part of everyday teaching, you will receive direct engagement with planning and allied professionals to prepare you for the daily interactions experienced by career planners.

You will undertake a semester long industry placement that provides opportunities to incorporate the knowledge gained in the course into planning practice. You will also collaborate in-class and via distance to gain a breadth of knowledge. Self-directed activities enable you to develop your personal interests.

"The social interaction for this course is fantastic. There is plenty of time for one-on-one with students and lecturers."

Rick Perrin - Master of Planning graduate and recipient of the Mike Shield prize for best planning student 2016.

Whether it is making design recommendations for your local urban area, addressing a regional problem through case analysis, or preparing a strategic plan for a community of your choice, you will develop practical skills under the guidance of experts.

The course includes KGA513 Professional Practice. In this unit students negotiate placement in a government or private sector organisation which is approved by the University. There they work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. Understanding of environmental planning and/or management including organisational structure and functions, the role and responsibilities of planners and/or managers, and basic administrative processes are developed. Students are encouraged to make contacts within the profession and among stakeholders. Generic issues concerning workplace values, ethics and professional practice are discussed. Assessment draws on students' engagement with the scholarly literature, their documented preparations, outputs and critical reflection throughout the placement. This unit is also part of the current planning courses S6L and S7U.

Career outcomes

Something I really appreciate about this course is just how well connected these subjects are with planning professionals. You get great access to the industry, and the depth of knowledge and the complexity of issues that these people are dealing with takes the course beyond the textbook.

Christine Corbett
Master of Planning student

As a professional planner, you will be in demand by local and state governments, planning consultancies and community organisations in Australia and around the world.
Planners are professionals who work closely with engineers, architects and environmental consultants, providing multi-disciplinary expertise to ensure projects are appropriately investigated and strategically developed.

This course is professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and offers outstanding career opportunities.

Graduates work as professional planners, managers and policy makers in areas such as:

  • strategic and statutory planning
  • environmental and social planning
  • state government planning and policy agencies
  • infrastructure providers
  • environmental and natural resource agencies
  • Commonwealth environmental and infrastructure agencies
  • international and local consulting firms
  • local government
  • conservation, environmental and community sectors
  • business and industry

"I entered the planning course with no local government or industry experience, having done my undergraduate studies in History, Politics and Philosophy, and at the time working at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. As a result of the work placement I experienced during this course, I am now employed as a full time planning officer."

Peter
Master of Planning graduate

Professional Recognition

The Master of Planning course is professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. Completing the course provides formal recognition of foundational and entry level skills, knowledge and theory, allowing graduates to work as planners in the field of urban and regional planning.

Course structure

Schedule A - Core Units

This unit provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for advanced studies in urban and environmental planning. The unit covers the diverse functions and purposes of planning. You will have the opportunity to think critically about the philosophical and historical underpinnings…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will give you an insight into the legal basis of planning in Tasmania. We cater to people wanting to practice as planners and also those wishing to become more informed citizens by better understanding the key legal principles…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you choose a government or private sector organisation with which you negotiate your placement where, approved by the University, you will work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. You…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops an understanding of how instruments of power and organisation can be shaped through effective planning and management, to foster sustainable systems of production and consumption. We begin our journey by examining the concept and interpretations of sustainable…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The principles and practices of urban planning and design shape the physical spaces and social lives of our towns and cities. In this unit you will learn the historic and theoretical context of contemporary urban planning, and deepen your knowledge…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Regional planning is key for achieving sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes, and for building community resilience. In this unit you will engage with planning at the regional level – at spatial scales intermediate between state/territory and local government jurisdictions.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The research project comprises one third (50% of 150%) of the requirements for the Master of Environmental Management (S7D) or Master of Environmental Planning (S7U) degrees and one quarter (50% of 200%) of the requirements for the Master of Planning…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The research project comprises one third (50% of 150%) of the requirements for the Master of Environmental Management (S7D) or Master of Environmental Planning (S7U) degrees and one quarter (50% of 200%) of the requirements for the Master of Planning…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Schedule B - Alternative Units Requiring Course Co-ordinator Approval

Candidates can apply to the Course Coordinator to replace KGA514 with 25% of Schedule B unit(s).
Candidates with prior professional planning experience can apply to the Course Coordinator to replace KGA513 with 25% of Schedule B unit(s). This option cannot be used in conjunction with replacing KGA514 with 25% of Schedule B unit(s).

Risk Management of organisations is about minimising adversity and maximising the probability that business can continue to operate in periods of unavoidable adversity. This unit will provide an introduction to the principles and processes involved in risk management, and explore…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit deals with the management of a wide range of resources for which public sector managers are responsible, and provides skills not only in effective practices, but also in transparent reporting and compliance with government policies.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Provides an introduction to the concept of economic, social and environmental (triple bottom line) reporting and performance from both a business and society perspective. The unit looks at the link between triple bottom line (TBL) reporting and the concept of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Examines how social issues in contemporary Australia are constructed and interpreted across their social, cultural, political and moral dimensions. The unit examines the role of discourses in the construction of social issues, social groups and social arenas as social problems…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit takes an environmental justice perspective in introducing students to the dynamics that shape contemporary environmental policy (including green politics) with broad appeal to students of politics and policy, justice studies, environmental studies and science. The roles of politics…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

`Government` as a set of institutions is no longer synonymous with `government` as a process. As a result, the term 'governance' is increasingly used to account for a growing number of situations where governance occurs without government. The reasons for…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an environmental politics based unit that examines the governance challenge of emissions reduction in terms of wicked problems, failed politics and policy, post Kyoto prospects, and policy implementation and evaluation. It moves from macro-politics to the micro policy…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of selected marine and Antarctic political issues concerning such topics as the Antarctic Treaty System; Law of the Sea and oceans governance; global, regional and domestic fisheries management; and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit examines the central approaches to understanding the policy process. Key phases of this process will be explored including the initiation, development, implementation, evaluation and analysis of public policy. Difficulties and ambiguity inherent within political decision making will also…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores major conceptual, empirical and normative issues surrounding the implementation and evaluation of public policy. Both of these phases of the policy process are examined separately and in relation to each other and to other concepts such as…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit and its two component modules address key principles underpinning government within a Westminster parliamentary system. The unit aims to provide a background to, and understanding of the theory and practice of public administration and management. The unit will…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, environmental management systems and related environmental management tools. We cover the practical aspects of environmental management for Tasmanian, Australian and international contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with a practical understanding of key systems for protected area planning and management. Terrestrial, freshwater and marine protected areas are considered. The global context of protected areas is analysed, including issues of definition, scope and governance.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Qualitative Research Methods provides Honours and coursework Masters students and HDR candidates with grounding in qualitative research methodologies and associated methods. Students will develop abilities in framing research questions; developing, critiquing and applying qualitative research methodologies; defending method choice; and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare management plans for protected areas. Particular emphasis will be given to accessing and deploying information; community engagement and collaboration; and developing plans that support an adaptive approach to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Jan B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to assist students to meet the requirements of postgraduate coursework study at an Australian university. It is of particular benefit to students who are recently returning to study and international students. Studio workshops are held on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides an introduction to legal, administrative, social and scientific aspects of environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing, environmental management systems and related environmental management tools. The unit emphasises the practical aspects of environmental management for Tasmanian, Australian and international…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Geographic Information Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in a wide range of disciplines to investigate, analyse, and communicate spatial information. This unit covers the underlying theory/concepts of GIS, application areas, the use of commercial GIS software, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will give you advanced skills in the analysis and presentation of spatial data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There is an increasing demand for graduates with strong skills in spatial data analysis, particularly in the context of environmental…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces you to theoretical and practical foundations of remote sensing. The unit starts with the physics of remote sensing including the concepts of electromagnetic energy and the interaction of energy with the atmosphere and the earth surface. We…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with high-level theoretical knowledge and practical skills in remote sensing image analysis techniques, such as geometric image correction, image filters, texture measures, vegetation indices, LiDAR point cloud filtering, classification algorithms, object-based image analysis, change detection,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines agricultural production systems within the context of sustainable use of soil, land and other natural resources in a changing and/or variable climate. Assessment of soil, land, water and vegetation resources on a catchment and property basis will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Considers the public international law aspects of the law of the sea and the Antarctic continent. The unit examines the Antarctic Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, Australia's maritime zones of jurisdiction and international…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This course explores the legal and policy context in which some of Australia's most challenging environmental controversies arise. It introduces students to the framework for national and international environmental regulation using a range of topical issues and case studies. These…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Climate change poses enormous challenges for Australia and the international community. The level of warming already in the climate system means that law and policymakers must deal with dual policy imperatives – to manage the now-unavoidable impacts of climate change,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIntensive Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

For admission to this course, you must hold a Bachelor Degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania, or hold a degree or other tertiary qualifications that is deemed by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology to be equivalent for this purpose.

International applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, will also need to provide evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test. The Master of Planning requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0.  For more information, visit the International future students’ website.

If you have any questions, please contact us for further information.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning are eligible for entry into the Master of Planning.

Students completing the Master of Planning, which includes a 50% thesis component, will be eligible for entry into a higher degree research program.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2019, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2019, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

2019 Total Course Fee (international students): $65,018 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all background, including those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

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International
+61 3 6226 6200
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