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C07002v7 Graduate Diploma in Planning

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Planning (GradDipPlan)
CRICOS code: 088876J
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Exit award
Other information


The Graduate Diploma in Planning provides a new career path for design, planning and property professionals, equipping graduates with a broad understanding of planning issues alongside the negotiation skills and creative thinking required to resolve them.

Whereas planning has often been seen as an approval process, UTS approaches the discipline as a critical task, one that connects communities with governments, institutions and developers.

Property development and planning students study a common first year, which develops a mutual understanding of how to balance private and public interests in urban development.

Course aims

Through this course, students proactively engage with policy, environmental and demographic frameworks to understand how planning decisions shape the urban environment over the long term. This engagement is multidisciplinary, spanning planning, urban design, property, architecture/landscape architecture, economics, spatial analysis, law and urban ecology.

The degree has both a strong sustainability focus and an emphasis on the property development cycle. Students learn about land markets and feasibility studies, and acquire the technical skills to perform complex and evidence-based forecasting. They also learn how to conduct large scale structure planning and design master planned developments for communities.

Students achieve these outcomes by applying theory to real-world scenarios in real-world learning environments, including peer-led, multidisciplinary teamwork and discussions, case studies and field trips, with opportunities to travel internationally.

Career options

The degree enables professionals to change careers due to the multidisciplinary nature of the learning. Graduates are in public sector positions, including working for state and local government, and in private consulting and property development firms. There are also careers in strategic planning on major developments and projects, master planning with financial analysis, and the increasingly important area of sub-regional planning.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Enable reflective practice on one's personal views and values and interpret how they might affect one's professional judgement
A.2 Demonstrate ethical responsibilities of professional planners and critically evaluate the ethical implications of complex
A.3 Evaluate the history of disadvantage and inequality in societies (in an Australian context this would apply in particular but not exclusively to people of Indigenous origin) and formulate a reasoned argument for how planners should address significant social inequalities
C.1 Work effectively in teams of people with diverse professional and personal backgrounds
C.2 Communicate with people with a wide variety of cultural, social, economic, and political perspectives using verbal, written, and visual media
C.3 Determine sources of conflict and apply conflict negotiation strategies appropriately
I.1 Develop creative solutions to complex problems based on research and evaluation
I.2 Apply urban design principles to develop creative solutions for urban problems
P.1 Investigate strategically the future of cities and regions and identify the drivers of change
P.2 Articulate how and why the role of planning has evolved in response to new social, cultural, economic, and political forces
P.3 Apply a wide array of analytic tools (which may include spreadsheets, geographic information software, three-dimensional simulations, or negotiation tools) to determine constraints and opportunities
P.4 Prepare and critique plans based on a broad understanding of urban and regional and environmental dynamics, and analyse alternatives
P.5 Develop and apply the principles of urban design to analyse places
P.6 Determine the legal and policy context within which planning occurs, the nature of land rights and claims of Indigenous peoples in Australian cities, and the role of various levels and agencies of government
P.7 Explore the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability and apply them to analysing and developing plans
P.8 Analyse dynamics driving land and property markets and articulate this to planning proposals
R.2 Design and conduct a research project to identify and evaluate alternative strategies to resolve a complex problem
R.3 Interpret spatial relationships and evaluate the spatial and physical impacts of proposals
R.5 Develop coherent and logically structured arguments that use evidence appropriately
R.6 Determine risk assessment principles and apply them to simulating future courses of action

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have completed one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning with a credit average or above
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Planning with a credit average or above
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development with a credit average or above
  • a completed Advanced Diploma in a relevant discipline, such as design, social science, property, planning, valuation, engineering, or horticulture.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on their ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV (max. three pages) outlining their relevant work experience, and
  • a 300-word personal statement clearly articulating work experience relating to any of the following fields: design, social science, property, planning, valuation, engineering, horticulture, or any other field linked to the built environment.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of eight 6-credit-point subjects, totalling 48 credit points of study.

Course completion requirements

STM90502 Core subjects (Planning PG) 24cp
STM90503 Level 2 core subjects (Planning) 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

An example program is below.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp
15241 Urban Economics and Infrastructure Funding   6cp
Spring session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
15144 Group Project B: Greenfields Development   6cp
15145 Development Negotiation and Community Engagement   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Planning (C11270), the Graduate Diploma in Planning and the Master of Planning (C04007).

Exit award

This course also enables students enrolled in the Master of Planning (C04007) to exit after completing 48 credit points of study and gain a graduate diploma qualification.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building