Planning

PlanningWhy study Planning?

Our courses place an emphasis on understanding contemporary issues such as facilitating change, sustainable development, climate change, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.

We give strong recognition to the growing importance of understanding and working with communities, of community development agendas and of the need to achieve social, economic and environmental improvements with a focus on supporting and facilitating sustainable development for liveable communities in rural and regional areas in Australia and overseas with a particular emphasis on the countries of South and South East Asia.

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PIA Accreditation

The Master of Community Planning and Development (Urban and Rural Planning stream) is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). The Master of Spatial Planning, Management and Design has been granted interim accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia. The PIA course accreditation means that La Trobe's courses in planning provide a strong foundation of theory, skills, and knowledge to allow graduates to work as planners in the field of urban and regional planning.

Career opportunities

Planning officer, town planner, policy development, environmental planner, and environmental officer for government, councils, private firms, research organisations and regional authorities, economic development agencies, research bodies. Graduates also have the opportunity to pursue directions in areas such as natural resources, urban design or social planning. 

Courses

Local students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development

Duration :
6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically. If you do not have formal planning qualifications, this course is designed to provide you with training in the discipline, creating a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $7,570 per 60 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.

How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Certificate)Bendigo

Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development

Duration :
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them as places to live physically, socially and economically. This course is designed specifically to provide training in the discipline from sub-professional to post-professional level, creating a pathway for those without formal planning qualifications. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $15,140 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

Master of Community Planning and Development

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
This course will have you working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. You will also work with non-government organisations on rural and regional development issues, community development, healthy urban design, child friendly and active environments, land use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.
Professional recognition
The Master of Community Planning and Development (urban and rural planning stream) is nationally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $15,140 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Master)Bendigo

Master of Spatial Planning, Management and Design

Duration :
2 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
This unique planning course examines the management and governance of cities and towns, applied urban design including regional and rural settings, and issues faced by developing countries. It has a significant international component and is offered as part of a joint cross-cultural degree with the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where students can opt to undertake two semesters of study.

The curriculum aims to develop your planning skills and knowledge, with specific attention to management and design skills. It is also designed to help students understand other cultures, planning systems, and new problem-solving strategies; and to enable them to operate in diverse communities and environments.
Professional recognition
This course has been granted interim accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Prerequisite
A Bachelor's degree in planning, accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia, or other approved degree combined with practical experience in planning or related fields.
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $15,140 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Spatial Planning, Management and Design (Master)Bendigo

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Community Planning and Development (064198G )

Duration :
6 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
21 350
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
Community planning and development is about shaping and working with cities, towns and rural areas to improve them physically, socially and economically. If you do not have formal planning qualifications, this course is designed to provide you with training in the discipline, creating a pathway into the profession. It emphasises contemporary issues such as change facilitation, sustainable development, climate change, planning for healthy communities, children's environments, indigenous communities and water management within the context of a changing society in both urban and rural areas.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree or an approved international equivalent.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Graduate Certificate)Bendigo

Master of Community Planning and Development (064233J )

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 750
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
This course will have you working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. You will also work with non-government organisations on rural and regional development issues, community development, healthy urban design, child friendly and active environments, land use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree, or approved international equivalent, or approved relevant work experience.
Professional recognition
If you choose the urban and rural planning stream, you must take specific subjects to facilitate accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia.
See Student Handbook for more details
Community Planning and Development (Master)Bendigo

Master of Spatial Planning, Management and Design (075398G)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 750
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2014
Course description
This unique planning course examines the management and governance of cities and towns, applied urban design including regional and rural settings, and issues faced by developing countries. It has a significant international component and is offered as part of a joint cross-cultural degree with the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where students can opt to undertake two semesters of study.

The curriculum aims to develop your planning skills and knowledge, with specific attention to management and design skills. It is also designed to help students understand other cultures, planning systems, and new problem-solving strategies; and to enable them to operate in diverse communities and environments.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An undergraduate degree specialising in planning accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia; or relevant undergraduate degree or Postgraduate Diploma recognised by the University and accepted as a prelude to a planning program, with practical experience in planning or in a field relating to planning; or other accepted qualifications.
Professional recognition
This course has been granted interim accreditation by the Planning Institute of Australia.
See Student Handbook for more details
Spatial Planning, Management and Design (Master)Bendigo

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

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Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

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