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Graduate Diploma in City Planning

Program overview

City planning is, without doubt, a career for the future. And there is nowhere better to study it than in the ‘living laboratory’ of Australia’s fastest growing city: the Gold Coast.  

Bond University’s City Planning degrees are designed to produce practice-oriented urban planners and urban designers who will take a leading role in creating sustainable cities and regions. Our curriculum includes a focus on climate change adaptation and resilience, city economics, the core principles of place-making and an understanding of First Nations cultures. 

The Graduate Diploma in City Planning provides an introduction to postgraduate studies in this dynamic field. It is part of an articulated pathway that provides an industry recognised qualification that can be built on over time to a Master of City Planning.

Program code: SD-93043

CRICOS code: 0101287

Program overview

City planning is, without doubt, a career for the future. And there is nowhere better to study it than in the ‘living laboratory’ of Australia’s fastest growing city: the Gold Coast.  

Bond University’s City Planning degrees are designed to produce practice-oriented urban planners and urban designers who will take a leading role in creating sustainable cities and regions. Our curriculum includes a focus on climate change adaptation and resilience, city economics, the core principles of place-making and an understanding of First Nations cultures. 

The Graduate Diploma in City Planning provides an introduction to postgraduate studies in this dynamic field. It is part of an articulated pathway that provides an industry recognised qualification that can be built on over time to a Master of City Planning.

Program code: SD-93043

CRICOS code: 0101287

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About this 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.  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.

What you'll be studying

  • Study overview

    Bond’s course structure offers a mix of theoretical and practical subjects. The program has been designed in close consultation with prominent industry advisory boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

Program features

  • Standout facilities

    You will be based in our dedicated Built Environment precinct where we are redefining the urban areas of tomorrow and developing the most advanced sustainable development practices. The precinct encompasses the Abedian School of Architecture, the international award-winning Sustainable Development building, the Fabrication and Robotics Laboratories and the new Society and Design building opened in 2020.

  • Learn by doing

    We have a strong focus on experiential learning, which means you will work on practical studio-based projects on campus and on real-world jobsites under the direction of industry professionals and stakeholders.

  • Industry networking

    You will come to understand the ‘big picture’ through our strong links with industry partners. At regular industry events hosted by the Faculty and the Bond Built Environment Student Association, you will meet industry operators and potential employers; and in the Built Environment precinct, you be working alongside future colleagues working in allied fields such as property development, architecture, and project management.

  • Extracurricular projects

    You will have the opportunity to work on real-world projects of your own choosing through Bond’s ground-breaking Transformer program which brings together cross-disciplinary teams of students from different fields of study.

  • Build your degree

    The Graduate Diploma is part of an articulated postgraduate pathway that allows you to add recognised qualifications at each step as you build up to a full Master’s.

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Hear from our Bondies

  • "The Master of City Planning at Bond has been a valuable complement to my professional career as an environmental engineer, as it interrelates to develop well-planned and sustainable projects, working to build better communities and shape sustainable cities and regions. My experience studying at Bond has been enriching, thanks to the development of the methodology based on the analysis of projects and real cases with the support of professors with extensive experience in the sector."

    Mayra Avila - Master of City Planning student
  • Urban Planning

    "Our Built Environment programs seek to embody world’s best sustainable processes, becoming an example for the future and a working laboratory for the eco leaders of tomorrow. As the majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, there is a significant demand for graduates with expertise in creating and managing sustainable living environments. There is no better time than now to study in City Planning, and related Built Environment professions."

    Dr Daniel O'Hare - Associate Professor
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Hear from our Bondies

  • "The Master of City Planning at Bond has been a valuable complement to my professional career as an environmental engineer, as it interrelates to develop well-planned and sustainable projects, working to build better communities and shape sustainable cities and regions. My experience studying at Bond has been enriching, thanks to the development of the methodology based on the analysis of projects and real cases with the support of professors with extensive experience in the sector."

    Mayra Avila - Master of City Planning student
  • Urban Planning

    "Our Built Environment programs seek to embody world’s best sustainable processes, becoming an example for the future and a working laboratory for the eco leaders of tomorrow. As the majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, there is a significant demand for graduates with expertise in creating and managing sustainable living environments. There is no better time than now to study in City Planning, and related Built Environment professions."

    Dr Daniel O'Hare - Associate Professor
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