University of Technology Sydney

C11343v1 Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design (GradCertUrbPlanDes)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online campus


This course is not offered to international applicants.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
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 Urban Planning and Design is a foundation course that provides a pathway to study the Master of Urban Planning or the Master of Urban Design. This degree is designed 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.

Course aims

The degree aims for students to gain a foundational understanding of urban planning and urban design through navigating real-life opportunities and constraints of built environments.

Students develop an informed critical perspective on ethical issues and the ethical responsibilities of a professional planner and designer.

Career options

Graduates are usually employed in entry-level roles in public sector positions, including working for state and local government, and in private consulting.

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 urban designers and develop critical ethical thinking capability
A.3 Evaluate the history of disadvantage and inequality in societies (in an Australian context this would apply in particular to Indigenous Peoples. In addition to people disadvantaged by gender, disability, social class or ethnicity for example) and formulate a reasoned argument for how planners and urban designers 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 and interests 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 the future of cities and regions and identify the drivers of change
P.2 Articulate how and why the roles of planning and urban design have 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.5 Develop and apply the principles of urban design to analyse places
P.7 Explore the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability and apply them to analysing and developing plans and design solutions
P.8 Analyse dynamics driving land and property markets and articulate this to planning proposals
R.1 Determine risk assessment principles and apply them to simulating future courses of action
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

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 with one of the following qualifications will receive an offer:

  • UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development (at credit average or above); OR
  • UTS Graduate Diploma in Property Development (at credit average or above); OR
  • UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent or Master's degree.

Applicants without any of the above qualifications, but who meet the following criteria, may also be considered:

  • A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (at credit average or above) must be within one of the following disciplines: Architecture, Landscape architecture, Urban design and regional planning, Interior and Environmental design, Community development, Property economics, Property development, Planning, Geography, Geographic information science (GIS), Environmental science, Law, Economics, along with:
    • a CV maximum 3 pages) outlining at least one year full-time, or equivalent part-time, work experience in one of the disciplines listed above; AND
    • a 300--word personal statement clearly articulating their work experience related to urban planning or urban design and their reasons to study the Master of Urban Planning.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on the following:

  • a minimum of three years for Senior positions or five years for mid-career positions full-time, or equivalent part-time, work experience in a profession closely related to Urban Planning or Urban Design; AND
  • CV (maximum 3 pages) outlining their work experience; AND
  • employer’s letter confirming the dates of employment, and the position held; AND
  • a 300-word personal statement clearly articulating their work experience related to urban planning and explaining their reasons to study the Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design.

The English proficiency requirement for 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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

A 6-credit point subject requires an average of 15-20 hours of study per week. Students study 1 x 6 credit point subject per teaching session.

Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points of core subjects.

Course completion requirements

17901 Property Development and Planning Process 6cp
17902 Sustainable Urban Development 6cp
17903 Planning and Design Theory and Decision Making 6cp
17904 Urban Design Fundamentals 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study and a possible study program.

A typical course program is provided below, showing the recommended study sequence to ensure completion of the course within the expected duration. Refer to the Timetable Planner for confirmation of availability.

Session 5 commencing, full time
Year 1
Session 5
17901 Property Development and Planning Process   6cp
Session 6
17902 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
Year 2
Session 1
17903 Planning and Design Theory and Decision Making   6cp
Session 2
17904 Urban Design Fundamentals   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