Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

Can be taken anytime
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning offers a thorough grounding in urban and regional planning both to graduates wishing to enter the profession and to practising professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge.

Who should take this course

Career opportunities include positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, development companies, state and federal government departments involved with urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, regional prosperity and related fields.


The course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute's Urban and Regional Planning Chapter.

Course content

Students are required to complete the following units:

  • ENGT237 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Infrastructure
  • GEPL316 Urban Living
  • GEPL322 Cradle to Grave: Population Geography
  • GEPL401 Economic Change and Urban Development
  • GEPL402 Architecture and Urban Design
  • GEPL420 Principles of Development Control
  • GEPL445 Regional Development: Processes and Policies
  • GEPL450 Transport and Land Use Planning
  • GEPL528 Planning Theory and Practice

And three of the following electives:

  • ARPA352 Public Archaeology and Management
  • ECON326 Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • ECON329 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • EM311 Land Assessment for Sustainable Use
  • EM312 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EM334 Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
  • GEPL306 Water in the Environment
  • GEPL307 Climate Change and Future Planning
  • GEPL308 Environmental Change in Australia
  • GEPL309 Natural Hazards
  • GEPL311 Catchment to Coast
  • GEPL321 Population, Health and Environment
  • GEPL324 Rural Planning and Resource Management
  • GEPL338 Understanding Research
  • GEPL341 Environmental Biogeography
  • GEPL359 Introduction to Architectural Design
  • GEPL361 Retail Geography, Planning and Practice
  • GEPL370 Place-making for People and the Environment
  • GEPL390 Planning Policy for Hazards
  • GEPL454 Special Reading Unit in Planning
  • GEPL455 Dissertation
  • GEPL535 Environmental Planning and Administration
  • HIST335 Heritage Conservation
  • HIST556 Public History
  • NR331 Remote Sensing and Surveying
  • NR411 Natural Resource Policy and the Community
  • PHIL366 The Ethics of Environmentalism
  • RSNR301 Pollution Management
  • RSNR402 Integrated Water Resource Management
  • RSNR404 Innovation, Projects and People
  • SOCY300 The City and Social Thought
  • SOCY313 Australian Social and Public Policy

About Course Provider

Our aim is to offer you the most flexible study options without losing any of the rigour required in a quality tertiary education. You can study on campus for a traditional face-to-face education experience, or from wherever you are; our new generation of online study is making tertiary education more accessible than ever. Originally named New England University College, UNE was established as a college of the University of Sydney in 1938. It was the second university established in New South Wales and Australia’s first regional university. In 1954 the University became fully independent as the University of New England and pioneered teaching by correspondence to external students.

UNE offers a distinctive on-campus experience which is strengthened by one of Australia’s oldest residential systems. Living in any of the eight colleges offers students the best in modern on-campus living with superb academic support, pastoral care and the opportunity to partake in a wide range of social and sporting activities. UNE is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to online teaching and research excellence with 87% of its research fields rated world standard or above.

Research endeavours are supported through a number of flagship research centres:

  • The Animal and Genetics Breeding Unit (AGBU)
  • The Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw)
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Institute for Rural Futures (IRF)
  • The Paleoscience Research Centre and
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR).

As the biggest regional employer and an externally engaged organisation, the University actively pursues effective partnerships and plays a significant role in Armidale and wider rural and regional communities.

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