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Master of City Planning (Professional)

What can you do with your degree?

World population growth, rapid urbanisation, climate change and other challenges mean that City Planners are in demand worldwide. City Planners work with all levels of government and with private developers, planning authorities and community organisations to create environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable urban regions. 

Graduates of our city planning program will have the knowledge, skills, and adaptability to address the current and emerging challenges of city regions, with potential career pathways available in a wide range of settings, including construction and property development, government planning, transport and infrastructure, urban design, and international aid agencies.


City planner

A city planners’ primary role is to ensure that short and long-term urban land use goals are reached, while keeping in mind the future requirements of ever-growing urban populations.  This can ensure that infrastructure such as schools and town centres are both long-lasting and sustainable.

Urban design planner

An urban design planner is responsible for the appearance, function and liveability of our suburbs, towns, and cities. They can operate on the macro scale of zoning, transport, and infrastructure networks, or on a micro scale involving factors such as street design.

Planning consultant

Planning consultants frequently work with other professionals such as engineers, architects, building surveyors, economists, developers, politicians, scientists, and environmental scientists. Planning Consultant roles in Australia are typically advertised between $80k and $130k according to Seek (2021).

Professional accreditation

The Master of City Planning is accredited nationally by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and internationally with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Students whose first degree is in a related area will be eligible for full PIA membership after two years of professional experience following graduation. For students who hold first degrees in other areas, PIA accreditation pathways are also available. PIA has reciprocal accreditation arrangements with planning institutes in several other countries, however, these should be confirmed directly with PIA.


Planning for a growing city

As part of their studies, Bond city planning students are exploring ways of harnessing the city’s innovation through studio projects, mirroring the collaboration that occurs in the workforce.

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Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be achieved on completion of the program. These outcomes will help you determine whether this program aligns with your professional pathway, career and learning goals.

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