Postgraduate

Master of Urban Design

Explore the ‘urban jungle’ studying at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Careers and further study

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Career Pathways

This course is designed to broaden the interdisciplinary scope of urban design work undertaken by architects, planners, landscape architects or professionals in related fields. A Master of Urban Design prepares you for the next step in your career in urban design.
This course is designed to broaden the interdisciplinary scope of urban design work undertaken by architects, planners, landscape architects or professionals in related fields. A Master of Urban Design prepares you for the next step in your career in urban design.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Further postgraduate study options include the Graduate Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Building Information Modelling. Alternatively, students may choose to pursue a higher degree by research such as the Doctor of Philosophy.
Further postgraduate study options include the Graduate Certificate in Architectural Conservation and Building Information Modelling. Alternatively, students may choose to pursue a higher degree by research such as the Doctor of Philosophy.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2021
$73,600.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
and
(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to Urban Design; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Urban Design or Graduate Diploma in Urban Design at UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Deliver solutions for the needs of cities and neighbourhoods as an urban designer. The course is delivered by award-winning practitioners and scholars who have extensive local and international experience.

DollarThis course has recently become subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for new CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.

About the course

The Master of Urban Design is designed to broaden the interdisciplinary scope of urban design work undertaken by architects, planners, landscape architects and professionals in related fields. Develop techniques of sustainable urban design suited to this ‘urban century’. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of urban design theories and issues; techniques of urban analysis; and skills for the design and development of cities and urban places. The course also includes designing and implementing a process to resolve a complex urban problem.

Master of Urban Design

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Approximately 46 hours per week, which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 25530
CRICOS code
  • 074757J
Master of Urban Design
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Approximately 46 hours per week, which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 25530
CRICOS code
  • 074757J
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years full-time
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Urban Design
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Why study postgrad?

Why study PG

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Students in Course by Coursework only must select a Focus Area and 12 points of Option units.

Students in Course by Coursework and Dissertation are not required to take any Option units.
Core
Take all units (48 points):
Option - Coursework Option Units
Students completing this degree by coursework only, select units from this group to the value of 12 points.
Option - Dissertation
For students completing the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from this group (48 points).
Environmental Planning (focus area)
Take all units (30 points):
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Landscape Design (focus area)
Take all units (36 points):
Urban and Regional Planning (focus area)
Take all units (36 points):
STUDY YOUR WAY

Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

STUDY YOUR WAY

Why study Urban Design at UWA?

  • Urbanisation is accelerating world-wide and skills in sustainable urban design will be increasingly sought after.
  • Participate in urban design studios that allow you to creatively engage with a real site and to develop design and visualisation skills.
  • Learn from the Australian Urban Design Research Centre’s highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff, who have been nominated for a stream of teaching awards.

Marc Tarca

Marc Tarca

Life at the School of Design

Students on laptop and drinking coffee

Excellent facilities

At the School of Design, you’ll have access to well-equipped facilities including:

  • Studio spaces
  • Design Hub, a working space with senior student mentors available for assistance
  • Digital fabrication equipment such as plastic extrusion 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines

  • Multiple computer labs with 24-hour access

  • Printmaking studio with etching presses and spray booths

  • Multimedia production facilities

  • Cullity Gallery, where you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work.

Meet the teachers

Julian Bolleter

At the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, you'll be taught by highly experienced practitioners like Dr Julian Bolleter.

Julian has worked in Sydney, Dubai, Boston and London. He delivers commissioned research for state government planning departments, is a published author, and provides expert opinions on the future of Australian cities for major media outlets such as 'The Conversation' and 'Catalyst' on the ABC.

"I love that I have the freedom to dream up visions for how cities could evolve in relation to the urban challenges we face. This work is important because Australian cities, despite their high liveability rankings, face many critical problems in terms of deepening socioeconomic stratification, vulnerabilities to climate change and the destruction of biodiversity."

About AUDRC

Urban Design students are located at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), an independent, non-profit research centre and part of the School of Design. At AUDRC, innovative design strategies are tested within real-world urban conditions where the lived experience of residents is vital to the design process. Visit them at this link.
Urban Design

Articulated courses

This course is part of an articulated sequence with the:

Urban Design

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The UWA ALVA Student Society is affiliated with the UWA Student Guild and represents students within the School of Design. Visit the ALVA Student Society on Facebook.

The UWA FAHA Club represents the Fine Arts and History of Art student body. Visit the FAHA Club on Instagram.

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Meet our students

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