Master of Planning (K7P)

Overview  2015


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

See requirements


Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years


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.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Planning is critical for the sustainability of places, communities, regions and environments. This course is professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and offers outstanding career opportunities and flexible study options.

Essential planning theory is integrated with understandings drawn from biophysical, social, cultural, legal and public policy disciplines. Urban, regional and rural environments are considered, and emphasis is given to planning across all land tenures at catchment and landscape scales. Extensive use of case studies provides students with practical examples of major environmental planning issues. Students undertake an industry placement that provides opportunities to incorporate the knowledge gained in the course into planning practice. Teaching of units within the course is linked to an active staff and graduate student research program, and with staff involvements in community, government and industry planning activities.

The Master of Planning is offered by the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences in the School of Land and Food.

It can be studied in either full-time or part-time mode. The course can be studied on-campus at Hobart or by Distance Education.

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).

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

The Master of Planning can lead to positions in planning for urban, rural, regional and natural environments. Planners are employed by local and state governments across Australia, the Commonwealth Government, as well as private sector firms such as planning consultants. Students complete a thesis and can apply to undertake a PhD in planning.

Professional Recognition

The proposed masters is the subject of an accreditation application. The Course Coordinator will prepare accreditation documents to present to the Planning Institute of Australia and a PIA Visiting Board which will be assessing the course in December 2015.

Course structure

Entry requirements

Candidates will be qualified for entry to the Master of Planning if they have been admitted to a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or hold a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose. International applicants are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6.0. These admission requirements are the same as those for the current courses S6L and S7U.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning S6L are eligible for entry into the proposed program.

Students completing the proposed 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.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


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

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