La Trobe University

Master of Planning


Semester starts
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
31 200

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

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) score of 6.5 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

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.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

31 200


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.

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