You are viewing this page as a domestic student.
Change to International

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa.

You are an international student whether you are within or outside Australia and you do not meet the domestic student criteria.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and support for the Bond community. Read more

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 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 program 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’. 

With Bond’s accelerated three-semester-per-year timetable, the degree can be completed in four semesters (one year and four months). Students seeking a longer period of study may opt to enrol in the Master of City Planning (Professional), which takes a total of 92 weeks.

Campus and Bond University Experience

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade. This ranking recognises that there is a big difference between learning in large anonymous cohorts and working in small, discussion-based classes where you will be mentored through your studies by world-renowned academics, researchers and leading industry professionals.   

As a Master’s student you will have access to the team at the Career Development Centre (CDC) who will work with you to find job opportunities here in Australia and internationally. The CDC are a specialised support team dedicated to helping students plan their career journey, find internship and work experience opportunities and ultimately, gain employment.  

As for your social life – Bond is renowned for it, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants and cafes all right here on campus. 

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. 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 92 weeks.

Take your degree for a test drive

Try further study on for size at a Postgraduate Test Drive. Meet with a personal Regional Manager on campus or virtually to learn more about studying at Bond, and to explore how a postgraduate degree can support your professional goals. This curated experience considers your unique circumstances, giving you an unmatched opportunity to have all of your questions about postgraduate study answered.

Enquire Now

Key features

  • Learn the skills needed to play a leading role in creating sustainable cities and regions
  • Graduate with a relevant and in-demand qualification
  • Learn through practical and cross-disciplinary experiences
  • Learn in small class sizes, meaning more support and more opportunities
  • 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
  • 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 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 2021: $15,063* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $15,235* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $60,250
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $60,940

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.

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 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. 

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 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.

High achieving students will be encouraged to complete their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the Faculty of Society & Design. 

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

Employer satisfaction with graduates from Bond University has been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training. 

With its distinctive interdisciplinary urban design orientation, the program cultivates city planners and urban designers with the global perspective, knowledge, skills and adaptability to make a significant contribution to addressing these challenges. 

The program’s focus on practical skills, combined with Bond’s employability initiatives such as the Career Development Centre, on and off-campus industry and work experience opportunities, means you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and employability to stand out. As a graduate of Bond’s fast-tracked Master of City Planning, you will have a competitive edge in your career. 

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.

Related Courses

Enquire about the Master of City Planning