Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning/Bachelor of Science

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





5 years full-time
10 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge

  • Maths A or B (4SA)

VET Guarantee

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

Why choose this program?

This program gives you a unique opportunity to prepare for a career as an environmental scientist or as an urban and environmental planner. Upon graduating, you will be equipped to play an important role in bringing social and natural sciences together to find solutions for complex planning issues and problems.

Combining the knowledge and skills of planning with in-depth study of core environmental areas, the program integrates all aspects of environmental sciences (natural, social and economic) with planning principles.

Your foundation year introduces you to basic concepts, theories and methods of planning and environmental sciences. Interdisciplinary skills in environmental problem-solving are developed along with generic skills in project management, group work, research, critical thinking, research and writing for professional practice.

Years 2 to 5, you will undertake a range of planning courses and receive training in environmental science and continue the development of specific and generic skills. In your final year you will undertake an industry placement and work with a professional planning practitioner.

After the first year, based on your individual interests, you select a major from the following list of Bachelor of Science majors that focus on environmental studies:

  • Geography (Gold Coast and Nathan)
  • Marine Biology (Gold Coast)
  • Wildlife Biology (Gold Coast and Nathan)

Attendance information

This program is offered full-time via on-campus (at Nathan) delivery mode.

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

As the importance of environmental issues continues to grow, your specialised knowledge and skills, and your ability to solve complex planning issues and problems, will give you an expanded range of rewarding career opportunities. Graduates from the program have gained employment within local, state and federal government, consulting firms and within small, local or large, multinational development companies, as well as in the high demand areas of management of land and water, conservation, natural resources or environmental pollution.

Program accreditation

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

Pathways to further study

Upon completion of this program, students may be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (2111) or the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (5576).

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/Bachelor of Science (1516)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 32.0 $400.00 $32,000.00
2019 Fee Band 30.5 $381.25 $30,500.00

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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