Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours)

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Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours)


Previously the Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours).

Program summary

Design the cities and places of the future

Urban designers and town planners create precincts and spaces that bring people together, and connect communities to the places around them. Set yourself apart with a specialist degree in urban design – the only undergraduate degree of its kind accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

  • Learn how to manage urban growth and plan for sustainable development
  • Study how town planning relates to politics, economics and the law
  • Explore how to design safe, healthy and vibrant urban places
  • Understand the impacts of a changing climate on the places we live, work and play
  • Focus on the planning needs and challenges of diverse communities and regions
  • Get practical experience through at least 160 hours of supervised professional work

USC offers scholarships specifically for planning students, including the Vantage Holdings and UDIA Regional and Urban Planning Bursary. Find out more about USC scholarships and how to apply.

Career opportunities

Urban planning, town planning, urban design, regional planning, policy development, property development, planning consultancy, environmental management, community development, development assessment, heritage protection, infrastructure planning


Graduates may apply to join the Planning Institute of Australia after two years of professional practice.


The Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours) is fully accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (7)

COR109 Communication and Thought
ENP101 Urban Planning & Design Principles and Practice
ENP103 Spatial Governance, Planning and Politics
GEO100 Changing Planet Earth
INT140 An Introduction to Australian and Comparative Politics
PED120 Property Economics
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Advanced courses (17)

ENP211 Planning and Environmental Law
ENP236 Regions, Change and Sustainability
ENP245 Landscapes, Place and People
ENP255 Urbanism and Urban Design
ENP311 Planning Theory
ENP336 Strategic Infrastructure Planning
ENP355 Neighbourhood Planning and Design Studio
ENP365 Participation and Conflict Resolution
ENP411 Advanced Planning Policy and Practice
ENP455 Community Planning Studio (24 units)
ENP460 Planning Practicum (24 units)
ENP470A Planning Project A (0 units)
ENP470B Planning Project B (24 units)
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS300 Environmental and Resource Economics 
HIS200 Heritage: Australian and Global Contexts
SCS225 Social Research

Major/Minor courses plus Electives (6) (72 units)
Option 1

Select 4 courses towards your minor study area:

PLUS select 2 elective courses from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

The remaining elective* courses may be chosen from either (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

*The number of elective courses may vary depending on the minor chosen.

Option 2

Select 6 courses towards your major study area:

The remaining elective* courses may be chosen from either (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering).

*The number of elective courses may vary depending on the major chosen.


The Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours) may be awarded with Honours. The class of honours to be awarded is dependent upon:

Class of Honours Required Grade Point Average # Corresponding Grade
Class 1 6.5–7.0 High Distinction 85% and above
Class 2 (Division 1) 6.0+ Distinction 75% - 84.99%
Class 2 (Division 2) 5.0+ Credit 65% - 74.99%

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses, including the core course
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
  • You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
  • Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s) 

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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