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C11270v1 Graduate Certificate in Planning

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Planning (GradCertPlan)
CRICOS code: 096458E
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Planning offers an entry pathway to the Master of Planning (C04007) for students who have professional experience in planning but do not have an appropriate undergraduate qualification, or have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field.

The degree enables professionals to change careers due to the multidisciplinary nature of the learning.

Career options

Graduates are employed 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

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
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 about 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
R.1 Develop coherent and logically structured arguments that use evidence appropriately
R.2 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 one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent, or
  • an 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 the ability to demonstrate equivalency through relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating work experience, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining their reasons to study the Graduate Certificate in Planning.

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 is offered on a one-session, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

All subjects are offered in intensive blocks.

Course structure

Students complete four compulsory subjects totalling 24 credit points.

Course completion requirements

15142 Property Development Process 6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law 6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development 6cp
15222 Urban Design 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical program for students undertaking the course full time is shown below.

full time
Year 1
Autumn or Spring session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15222 Urban Design   6cp

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