Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$9,527.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge


VET Guarantee

If you receive a VET and meet subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed a place in this program.

Why choose this program?

You will develop an understanding of urban planning and environmental science issues. You will learn about planning-related issues such as land use and regional growth management, transport planning and community development. You will also learn about environmental issues of land and water management, ecology, conservation biology and pollution.

In your first year, you will be introduced to key concepts and theories in urban planning and environmental sciences. From your second year onwards, you will take professional planning courses, and in fourth year you will undertake an industry placement and work with a professional planning practitioner.


In third year you have the option of transferring to an honours program and doing an honours research project, if eligible.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
1086 Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning Nathan Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
1279 Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning (this program) Gold Coast Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
1431 Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning (Honours) Nathan Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
1432 Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning (Honours) Gold Coast Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Note: Progression to the Honours program is dependent upon satisfying eligibility requirements.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning is offered full-time on-campus at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

As a full-time student you will generally attend 15-18 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

The program includes courses which may involve compulsory field work.

This program includes some optional courses which may be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, and it is expected that if you enrol in these courses you will be available to attend.

In this program you are required to undertake unpaid work experience which requires part-time attendance at a planning office.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

In this program students complete an approved work placement in a planning related role under the supervision of a qualified planner.

My career opportunities

You will find opportunities with community and industry groups, local councils and other government bodies and consultants. You may also find work in development companies implementing proposals for new housing estates, tourism complexes, transport networks, shopping centres and other commercial projects. Large development companies increasingly employ their own planners.

As an Honours graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a career in research or academia.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning (1279)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 31.0 $387.50 $31,000.00
2019 Fee Band 29.5 $368.75 $29,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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