Planning

PlanningWhy research Planning?

We can supervise research in urban and rural planning, environmental and social policy and community development. Students may have the opportunity to collaborate on research and consulting projects.

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

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
We support several areas of research expertise including archaeology, communication and media studies, historical studies, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science and sociology. A PhD thesis should not exceed 100,000 words.

Our academics work closely with a number of research centres, some of which are based within the faculty or University. For more details on our research centres and institutes, visit our website
Prerequisite
Masters or Honours degree of at least H2A standard, with dissertation demonstrating ability to undertake research at doctoral
level, or equivalent qualifications and/or demonstrated skills, experience, research, or publications.
Additional information
Prospective candidates should contact the Postgraduate Coordinator of the relevant department before making a formal application. Details are available at:
www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/research.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or 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
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Arts
Duration :
Two years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
We support several areas of research expertise including archaeology, communication and media studies, historical studies, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science and sociology.

The thesis for a research Masters degree normally must not exceed 50,000 words. After two years of study, you may be permitted to transfer into a PhD if your work is judged to be of sufficient scope and merit.

Access more information on our research centres and institutes, visit our website.
Prerequisite
Honours degree of at least four years' full-time duration or Master's preliminary qualification, with at least an H2A result in the relevant discipline; or Pass degree and additional qualifications or demonstrated research skills or publications, or equivalent, approved by the University's Higher Degrees Committee.
Additional information
Prospective candidates should contact the Postgraduate Coordinator of the relevant department before making a formal application. Details are available at www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/research
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or 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
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Planning
Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
If you have Honours qualifications in planning, or if you're a planning professional and want to enhance research on a particular planning issue, this course is for you. It gives you an opportunity to address highly topical issues on the current research agenda for urban and regional areas. Issues include the integration of social, economic and environmental conditions, the management of change, and methods of working with diverse communities and interests.

You will complete a thesis of no more than 50,000 words and complete one coursework research subject, Research Methods for Planners. If you have already completed this subject at the appropriate level, you do not need to repeat it.
Prerequisite
Bachelor degree in planning with fourth-year results equivalent to H1 or H2A, or Honours degree in related area.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or 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
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October.

To apply for Master's candidature, you need an Honours degree or Master's Preliminary. For Doctoral (PhD) candidature, you need a Master's or a Bachelor's degree with Honours, usually with a result of at least H2A.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to the Graduate Research School. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact grs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences) (001732M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
24 330
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
We support several areas of research expertise including archaeology, communication and media studies, historical studies, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science and sociology. A PhD thesis should not exceed 100,000 words.

Our academics work closely with a number of research centres, some of which are based within the faculty or University. For more details on our research centres and institutes, visit our website
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 the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. 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
You must have an Australian Master's degree or Bachelo'rs degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Arts (002093G)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
We support several areas of research expertise including archaeology, communication and media studies, historical studies, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science and sociology.

The thesis for a research Masters degree normally must not exceed 50,000 words. After two years of study, you may be permitted to transfer into a PhD if your work is judged to be of sufficient scope and merit.

Access more information on our research centres and institutes, visit our website.
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 the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. 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
You must have an Australian Bachelors degree with Honours at H2A level or higher, or approved international equivalent. If you
have Honours at H2B level, or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Planning (075871K)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 500
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
If you have Honours qualifications in planning, or if you're a planning professional and want to enhance research on a particular planning issue, this course is for you. It gives you an opportunity to address highly topical issues on the current research agenda for urban and regional areas. Issues include the integration of social, economic and environmental conditions, the management of change, and methods of working with diverse communities and interests.

You will complete a thesis of no more than 50,000 words and complete one coursework research subject, Research Methods for Planners. If you have already completed this subject at the appropriate level, you do not need to repeat it.
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 in planning or international equivalent, with fourth-year results equivalent to H1 or H2A or an Honours degrees in related areas. If you have Honours at H2B level or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Grants, scholarships and prizes

Find out more about grants and scholarships to support your study.

Finding a supervisor

One of the most important aspects of your research study will be finding a supervisor in Planning.

Our staff specialising in Planning include:

Trevor's academic interests include statutory and strategic planning in rural and regional Australia.

Trevor Budge AM, Humanities and Social Sciences

Overseas research 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.

Support for your research

To find out about services and facilities for your postgraduate research, contact the College.

Student and graduate profiles

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