Urbanism (Urban Design)

University of Sydney

24 months
36000 AUD/year
24000 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Urbanism (Urban Design) program at the University of Sydney will introduce you to contemporary planning theories and debates while instilling professional expertise in key areas of urban design, planning and policy practice. As a highly trained graduate, you will be in high demand from the planning industry including both private sector and public agencies.


The Urbanism (Urban Design) program at the University of Sydney is a two-year postgraduate program will allow you to participate in the core Urban Design studio unit. It is designed to develop your leadership and expertise in urban design and urbanism with a strong emphasis on sustainability, quantification and implementation.

The Master of Urbanism, developed in consultation with Industry and the Planning Institute of Australia is a pathway to specialisation as a professional urban planner, urban designer, heritage architect or consultant. This has been developed to address the urgent need for specialists in the planning, development and architectural industries who understand the complex interrelationships between the various aspects of environmental planning.

During the program, you will benefit from mentoring by leading industry experts, who will share the latest knowledge and provide direct professional input. The core units of study will provide you with an overview of urbanism, and allow you to specialise in the areas of urban and regional planning, urban design and heritage conservation. You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and theory of these three areas, including their interrelationship, key concepts, analytical and technical skills.

Career Pathways

Over 200 students have graduated from our Urban Design program to go on to occupy positions in both the private and public sector in cities across Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Graduates are able to bridge the concerns of architecture and planning, think strategically, appreciate scale and qualities of place and communicate urban design principles to a wide range of audiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dialogue, Deliberation and Engagement
  • GIS Based Planning Policy and Analysis 
  • Graduate Internship 
  • History and Theory of Planning and Design 
  • Integrated Urbanism Studio 
  • International Field Trip 
  • Planning Principles, Systems and Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




96 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 082898G

  • To be eligible for this degree, you need to have already completed a bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, design, human geography and/or related fields in the sciences or humanities, or have completed an approved graduate Diploma course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36000 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24000 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Urbanism (Urban Design)
University of Sydney