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Design the cities of tomorrow

The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Learn the skill of City Planning in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, the Gold Coast. Our Master of City Planning produces practice-oriented city planners and urban designers with the capacity to play a leading role in shaping sustainable cities and regions. This program equips students for rewarding professional work in private consultancies and the public sector both in Australia and overseas.

By studying the Master of City Planning you will engage in real world projects informed by industry professionals and stakeholders. You will engage in realistic experiential learning through our practical studio project-based approach. Our Master of City Planning is actively engaged with industry partners and underpinned by strong interdisciplinary links with allied academic programs in Property, Project Management and Architecture.

Graduates of this programs will have the knowledge, skills and adaptability to address the current and emerging urban and environmental challenges of city regions, the dominant settlement form in this ‘urban century’.

Intensive mode delivery

The Master of City Planning is delivered in intensive mode. Intensive mode delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over three-day sessions, usually scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately seven contact hours per day) with a break of five weeks between session one and session two of each subject. Each intensive subject provides 42 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

This intensive mode delivery allows you to complete your Master of City Planning in just 16 months. Students seeking a longer period of study may opt to enrol in the Master of City Planning (Professional), which takes a total of 192 weeks.

Key features

  • Intensive mode delivery
  • Highly relevant and in-demand qualification
  • Practical learning and cross-disciplinary experiences
  • Small class sizes and a personalised approach to learning
  • Ability to build and develop ongoing networks with peers and alumni in City Planning and related professional fields of Architecture, Property and Project Management

About the program

The Master of City Planning program aims to produce innovative practice-oriented graduates with the capacity to play a leading role in creating sustainable cities and regions.  This program is designed to equip students for rewarding professional work planning for 21st century global-local challenges including rapid urbanisation, climate change, resource constraints, globalisation and technological disruption. Show more

The Master of City Planning program aims to produce innovative practice-oriented graduates with the capacity to play a leading role in creating sustainable cities and regions.  This program is designed to equip students for rewarding professional work planning for 21st century global-local challenges including rapid urbanisation, climate change, resource constraints, globalisation and technological disruption.  With its distinctive interdisciplinary urban design orientation, the program will cultivate city planners and urban designers with the global perspective, knowledge, skills and adaptability to make a significant contribution to addressing these challenges. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
Duration4 semesters (1 year 4 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment
Program codeSD-93040
CRICOS code0101288
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Master of City Planning - Program Structure and Sequencing

The structure of the Master of City Planning is based on theoretical and practical subjects. This program is designed in close consultation with prominent industry professional boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

Master of City Planning (12 subjects)

To complete a Master of City Planning, you must complete all of the following subjects: 

Foundation Subject (11)

Plus

  • General Elective (1)
    • Students must choose one elective from the list of available postgraduate subjects from across the University.  Students may apply to do an internship as an elective.

The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:

  • 2020 fees: $15,560 per semester (based on 3 subjects per semester)
  • 2021 fees: $16,363 per semester (based on 3 subjects per semester)

Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent from an approved institution.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Future outcomes

The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, with urban management, sustainability and climate change becoming fundamental challenges for the government, private and community sectors in Australia and around the world. The need for strategic planning of cities is increasing globally in what has been dubbed ‘the urban century’: around four Billion people, 55% of the world’s population, now live in cities and the proportion is expected to rise to 68% by 2050. City planners will play a major role in assisting cities to meet climate change challenges and take advantage of rapid advances in technology.

The Master of City Planning program at Bond University aims to produce practice-oriented city planners and urban designers with the capacity to play a leading role in shaping sustainable cities and regions. This program will equip students for rewarding professional work in private consultancies and the public sector both in Australia and overseas.

This degree will provide you with access to a wide range of career pathways in the built environment. Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of city planning, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

The Master of City Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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