La Trobe University

Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
4 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
28 000

This degree - one of only three Victorian undergraduate planning courses accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia - gives you the opportunity to shape communities and establish peaceful, productive and environmentally sustainable places to live.

You'll explore a range of ways to improve how we live and interact, from policy planning and local politics to urban design and transport.

Articulating a vision and promoting the benefits of change are important to effective planning. That's why we focus on communication skills like mediation, negotiation and community relations as part of this course.

Another core aspect of your studies will be travelling to communities to learn and evaluate what works and what doesn't. Our students participate in field trips to a range of locations, from country towns in rural Victoria to metropolitan cities in Asia and Europe.

Throughout your degree, you'll take part in hands-on projects, including semester-long activities and short visits to communities. This type of experience goes beyond a work placement or research project, giving you the chance to make a genuine difference within a community. Just one example is the bicycle path from our Bendigo Campus to the Bendigo Hospital - a student-led project that was commended in the Outstanding Tertiary Student Project Borrie Prize, which celebrates practice, leadership and achievement in planning.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

The current shortage of qualified planners in Australia means you can look forward to excellent work prospects and starting salaries. You are likely to find employment in the planning and environment management departments of local governments, state government departments and agencies, regional bodies, research organisations, and the private sector. Our Planning Institute of Australia course accreditation recognises that our graduates have developed the skills needed to work as planners in the field of urban and regional planning.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia until 2021. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

28 000

Additional costs

Students undertake fieldwork trips that incur some minor costs.


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

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.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Additional information

The Academic Skills Unit at Bendigo offers you the opportunity to improve your language and learning skills. In particular, you are provided with help in your writing of essays and reports and your understanding of critical and analytical texts. The unit also offers specialist assistance in English as a second language (ESL).

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:

CRICOS code: 057439J