Gain the foundations to shape urban environments

Australia's population is predicted to reach between 28.3 and 29.3 million people by 2027. For Australian cities and towns to continue to grow, many of the key decisions required to successfully cater for change are happening right now - showing the demand for more skilled professionals in this area.1    
 
The UTS Online Graduate Certificate of Urban Planning and Design is designed for aspiring urban planning and urban design professionals who want to gain the foundational knowledge and skills to become effective planners and/or designers of sustainable urban environments.   
 
Delivered 100% online, with part-time study, this course enables you to work full-time while developing the knowledge and the skills to make a positive difference to the cities, towns and communities of our future. 

1Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018

*Fees are correct for 2021 and are revised annually.


 

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Why study the Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design with UTS Online

Australia’s #1 highest performing university under 50¹

World’s 11th  highest performing university under 50¹

5 star rated for excellence across 7 categories2

5 stars for student retention3


¹QS World University Rankings 2020  ²QS Star Rating 2018-2021  3Good Universities Guide, 2019

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Who should study this course?

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design is suitable for professionals who want to gain the foundational knowledge and skills to become effective planners and/or designers of sustainable urban environments. 

Students of this course might come from a range of professional backgrounds, and work in roles such as Teacher, Lawyer, Project Manager, Project Officer, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Sustainability Advisor, Field Officer, Junior Architect, Interior Designer, Environmental Scientist or Town Planner.

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What you will study

UTS Online’s Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design comprises four subjects, and can be completed in just eight months, studying part-time.

The course includes the following four subjects:

  • Property Development and Planning Process​
  • Sustainable Urban Development​
  • Planning & Design Theory and Decision Making​
  • Urban Design Fundamentals

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who should study

A pathway to a Master of Urban Planning or a Master of Urban Design

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design is a foundation course and provides a pathway to studying the
Master of Urban Planning or the Master of Urban Design. 


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Master of Urban Planning

All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 11 subjects from the Master of Urban Planning. The UTS Online Master of Urban Planning is for professionals who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills to become effective planners with an integrated approach to creating sustainable urban environments.​

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Master of Urban Design

All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 11 subjects from the Master of Urban Design. The UTS Online Master of Urban Design is for professionals who want to develop their practical design capabilities to shape the lived experience within sustainable urban environments. 

Learn more about the Master of Urban Design

Graduate Certificate
Description of the Course + 4 Number of units or continue studying

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services. 

Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

Master of Health Services Management
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 8 subjects from the Master of Health Services Management

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services. 

Upcoming study periods

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

  • JAN
    2021
  • MAR
    2021
  • MAY
    2021
  • JULY
    2021
  • OCT
    2021

Next study period is 30 August 2021.

Course information

English language requirement

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; or CAE: 176-184. 

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Entry requirements

Pathway 1

Applicants must have completed a UTS-recognised academic qualification or an equivalent (according to NOOSR or UK NARIC) as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree, or
  • Graduate Certificate, or
  • Graduate Diploma, or
  • Master's degree

For applicants holding a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, the qualification must be one of the following:

a) 

  • UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development
  • UTS Graduate Diploma in Property Development

AND

b) the qualification must be completed with a credit average or above.


Pathway 2

For applicants with no Bachelor  degree but holding a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma not listed under pathway 1:

  • the qualification must be in one of the following disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and regional planning, environmental design, community development, property economics, property development, planning, geography, geographic information science (GIS), environmental science, law, economics
  • the qualification must be completed with a credit average or above, and
  • applicants should have at least 3 years full-time, or equivalent part-time, work experience in one of the fields listed above and
  • applicants need to articulate their work experience and the reasons to study Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design

Those applicants must provide:   

  •  a CV (maximum 3 pages) outlining their work experience, and  
  • a 300-word personal statement clearly articulating their work experience related to urban planning or urban design and explaining their reasons to study the Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design.​  

​ Pathway 3

Applicants who do not meet the criteria under pathway 1 or 2 may be considered on the following:

  • a minimum of 3 years for senior positions or 5 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   
  • must articulate their work experience and the reasons to study the Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design.

Those applicants must provide: 

  • a 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 or urban design and explaining the reasons to study the Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning and Design. 

 

FEE-HELP

To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

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Unsure about your situation?

One of our Student Enrolment Advisors can assist you with more information, including alternative pathways.

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