Bachelor of Planning

Macquarie University

Urban and regional planning is a profession shaping the places where people live, work and play. Planners aim to improve the quality of life in cities through the creation of vibrant, healthy and equitable communities, as well as through efficient and sustainable transport, infrastructure and growth. In 2050, more than two-thirds of the worlds population will live in cities and urban regions. Planners work today to guide global urban futures by balancing social and environmental needs, and by helping communities to look after the places that are important to them. Unique because of its focus on the social and environmental aspects of planning, this course wont only prepare you for a career in which you have the power to shape more livable and sustainable cities, but also give you a distinctive edge among your peers. KEY FEATURES This is the Sydney regions first undergraduate planning course to offer an interdisciplinary social and environmental focus. Youll be taught by teachers with a strong research profile in the fields of urban studies, climate change, risk management and sustainability in urban settings. Cultural, economic, environmental and social dimensions of planning are integrated with urban management. A development studies option allows you to study rapid urban development in Asia-Pacific. Youll undertake a compulsory work placement in fourth year. ACCREDITATION The degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. SUITABLE FOR If youre interested in the social and environmental orientation to planning and how people and environments work together. Career Opportunities A Macquarie course can set your dream career in motion. PROFESSIONS environmental planner local government planner and development assessor social or environmental consultant social planner strategic planner EMPLOYERS Community sector organisations in urban development, housing and planning Government departments: local, state, and federal Private planning consultancies Residential developers such as Landcom

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 060724M
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 4 years
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


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