La Trobe University

Master of Planning


Start dates
Anytime 2018
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Bachelor degree in planning with fourth-year results equivalent to H1 or H2A, or Honours degree in related area.

Career outcomes

Planners and graduates skilled in land use planning and environmental management can seek roles with local and state governments, regional organisations and private consultants. Planners work in diverse fields, including policy development, strategic planning, development assessment, environmental studies and evaluation, design and development of major land uses and community consultation.

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

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