Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
Become a skilled town planner
Have you ever stopped to think how new suburbs are planned, where the next railway station will pop up or how to balance urban growth and the environment? In all these processes, an Urban and Regional Planner has been involved. You can explore town planning with USQ’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours).
As the only university in Queensland that offers an online planning qualification, your studies will cover both the Queensland and New South Wales planning legislation and equip you to be an Urban and Regional Planner and designer of the future for cities, transport hubs and industrial infrastructure.
You will develop skills in:
- community consultation
- using land and human resources sustainably
- planning legislation and processes
- transport planning
- urban design
- plan making, and
- project management.
Whether you want to study online or on-campus, you will gain practical experience through a number of residential schools at USQ Toowoomba. In addition, you can choose a research project in your fourth year to investigate a specific urban and regional planning area, which also can provide a pathway for further study and research.
The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is provisionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates may seek Planner registration with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).If you have recently completed a planning course accredited by PIA, a non-accredited planning degree or a planning-related course, you should join us under our Graduate grade. You can be a Graduate member for 2 years after which PIA will elevate you to the next relevant grade depending on the right pathway for you.
Graduates will have the skills to work as an Urban and Regional Planner specialising in commercial and retail developments, urban renewal projects, transport planning, regional and residential planning or environmental protection.
You will be able to critically analyse, consolidate, and evaluate information to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to solve complex urban and regional planning problems.
If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.
This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the USQ Handbook (see link below) or please contact us for more information.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 9527|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 26560|
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 14/68. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.
- Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
- Mathematics A
We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.
How to apply
- Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
- have never studied with USQ before, or
- are a Year 12 student, or
- want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.
- Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
- are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
- have recently graduated from TAFE.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.