Master of Planning
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.
Academic entry requirement
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.
English language requirement
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.
Planners and people skilled in land use planning and environmental management can obtain employment with local and state governments, regional organisations and private consultants. Planners work in such diverse fields as policy development, strategic planning, development assessment, environmental studies and evaluation, design and development of major land uses and community consultation.
Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.
We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.
We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.
A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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: 075871K