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

Dr Nicholas Stevens
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Dr Nicholas Stevens

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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Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Introductory courses (7) 84 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
ENP101 Urban Design & Town Planning 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

Developing and Graduate courses (17) 228 units

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 (48 units) towards your minor study area:

PLUS select 2 elective courses (24 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

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

Option 2

Select 6 courses (72 units) towards your major study area:

The remaining elective* courses may be chosen from the undergraduate elective course options.

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


The Bachelor Urban Design and Town 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

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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 (120 units), including the core course
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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