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Design the cities of tomorrow

The upcoming 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 Graduate Diploma in 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 Graduate Diploma in 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 Graduate Diploma in City Planning is actively engaged with industry partners and underpinned by strong interdisciplinary links with allied academic programs in Property, Project Management and Architecture.

Key features

  • 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 Graduate Diploma in City Planning, as a nested program within the Master of City Planning, is designed to equip students for rewarding professional work involved in planning for 21st century global-local challenges including rapid urbanisation, climate change, resource constraints, globalisation and technological disruption. Show more

The Graduate Diploma in City Planning, as a nested program within the Master of City Planning, is designed to equip students for rewarding professional work involved in planning for 21st century global-local challenges including rapid urbanisation, climate change, resource constraints, globalisation and technological disruption.  With its distinctive urban design orientation, the program will cultivate city planners and urban designers with the global perspective, knowledge, skills and adaptability to make a substantial 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.
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment
Program codeSD-93043
CRICOS code0101287
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Graduate Diploma in City Planning - Program Structure and Sequencing

The structure of the Graduate Diploma in 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.

Graduate Diploma in City Planning (8 subjects)

Foundation Subject (7)
Must complete eight subjects (80 cp), including at least seven from the following list


  • 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 the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $21,275* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $42,550

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 most other universities.

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.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

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

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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’: The majority of the world’s people now live in urban areas: currently, over half of the global population live in cities and that proportion is expected to rise to significantly 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.

What does the future City of Gold Coast look like?

The Gold Coast is a linear city fringed by beautiful beaches and backed by the mountains of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests.  Over 600,000 people live here and as the city grows, so too does its diversity, expanding the city’s economic base and underpinning a creative culture and vibrant community life.

With rapid growth comes change, and the need for planning to accommodate a growing community. Read more here.

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