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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent.

2. In all cases, if English is not the applicant's first language and the admission qualification was not completed at a University where English is the medium of instruction, the applicant shall have achieved an IELTS of at least 7 with no band less than 6 within the preceding five years.

Qualification Requirements

3. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) courses selected from the Schedule to the Diploma;

and including:

(b) at least 30 credits from Schedule A to the Diploma;

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.


4. The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning is awarded without specialisation.

Student Progression

5. In cases of sufficient merit, the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning may be awarded with distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

6. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

7. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Planning should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

8. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning

Schedule A: Compulsory course selection (At least 30 credits from)

132.731 Planning Law 30 credits

132.732 Planning Theory 30 credits

132.736 Professional Practice 30 credits

Schedule B: Elective courses

132.730 Policy Analysis and Evaluation Techniques 30 credits

132.734 Urban Planning and Development 30 credits

132.735 Natural Resource Policy and Planning 30 credits

132.741 Long-Term Community Planning 30 credits
R 132737 (2008 only)

132.742 Planning History: From Town Planning to Resource Management 30 credits

132.751 Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities 30 credits

145.739 GIS Principles and Applications 30 credits
R 132738