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At Macquarie University, the Department of Geography and Planning offers two unique planning programs that are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia: the Bachelor of Planning and the Masters of Planning. Join us to learn how to shape cities, support communities and do ecologically sustainable development. We offer the leading programs in Sydney integrating social policy and environmental science into land use planning. Our degrees are for both domestic and international students, and we prepare you to work in Australia and internationally.
Planners work on the social and environmental fabric of our cities and regions, creating places to live, opportunities for employment, for recreation, and for community. Some work to shape what gets built where. Some work to shape major infrastructure, like road and rail networks. Some work to shape social infrastructure, for healthcare, education and community services. Some work to protect the environment and to protect people from environmental impacts. There are many different ways in which planners work on the underpinnings of our communities and places. You can follow your interests through planning!
Planners work for governments, in the private sector, and for non-profits; they write policy and plans, lead consultations, do research, and contribute to designs and masterplans. We will help you develop skills in all these areas.
Our degrees give you the skills and knowledge to work as a professional planner. We teach innovative approaches to contemporary social, urban and environmental issues in urban and regional planning, and we help you develop skills in social planning, sustainability and environmental protection. Our degrees are unique in Sydney in their interdisciplinary focus on integrating social and environmental sciences into the planning and design of sustainable cities and regions.
At Macquarie you learn from academics and practicing professionals who have strong professional skills and innovative research programs in the fields of urban studies, environmental management, social justice and sustainability in urban and regional settings. Macquarie University is in one of Sydney's major economic development zones, with complex planning issues on your doorstep. It’s a great location from which to explore the challenges of urban planning.
How we plan our cities and regions today will profoundly affect future generations in a climate-changed world. The Bachelor of Planning will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to work in the planning profession. Innovative in its approach to understanding contemporary social, urban and environmental issues in urban and regional planning, this degree focuses on recognising the social and cultural diversity of places, and the importance of cross-cultural approaches to research, plan making and impact assessment. It will not only prepare you for a career in which you have the power to shape more liveable and sustainable urban and regional futures but also give you a distinctive and innovative edge among your peers
Planning students do not just learn inside the classroom but are engaged in practical activities that enhance learning throughout their degree. Students participate in field trips and learn from planning professionals from both the public and private sectors. Some of the experiences and opportunities for you to do planning related research, community engagement and work-integrated learning include:
The Master of Planning prepares you for a wide range of professional roles in planning - in urban planning, social planning, place management, regional planning, natural resource use, and environmental impact assessment, for example. For those changing careers, it is a 2 year degree with foundation and core subjects, and specialisations. For those with a relevant undergraduate degree, e.g. students building professional skills on top of a generalist environmental or social science degree, it is an 18 month program. If you already have some professional experience, you can use the Master of Planning to extend your knowledge in areas of particular interest with a 1 year program.
We bring together social and environmental science, and practitioners’ know-how, to create a rich professional development experience for established and aspiring planners.
Come study planning with us and build your career in planning!
Last updated: 18 Dec 2019