La Trobe University

Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2019
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

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


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

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Guaranteed Entry (Year 12 applicants only). Applicants with an ATAR of 75 or above receive a first-round offer. Those with lower ATARs are considered through normal selection processes. If you didn't get the ATAR there are other ways to get into this course. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on GPA, STAT Multiple Choice, and/or an essay.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in any Business, Environmental Science, any Humanities or Psychology equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

Given the current shortage of qualified town planners, you can expect to have strong employment prospects on graduation in the planning and environment departments of local governments, state government departments and agencies, regional bodies, research organisations, and the private sector.

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

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

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

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

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: