University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Diploma in Planning

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The Graduate Diploma in Planning provides a new career path for design, planning and property professionals, equipping graduates with a broad understanding of planning issues alongside the negotiation skills and creative thinking required to resolve them. Whereas planning has often been seen as an approval process, UTS approaches the discipline as a critical task, one that connects communities with governments, institutions and developers. UTS firmly believes the best planners don't just apply existing regulations. UTS graduates are creative problem solvers and negotiators, able to work effectively in teams and with stakeholders to deliver workable solutions to complex residential, commercial and infrastructure development problems. Property development and planning students study a common first year, which develops a mutual understanding of how to balance private and public interests in urban development.


The course requires the completion of eight 6-credit-point subjects, totalling 48 credit points of study.


  • Planning

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed one of the following courses: a UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent, or a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning at credit level, or an Advanced Diploma in a relevant discipline: design, social science, property, planning, valuation, engineering, horticulture. Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of 5 years' relevant work experience. Applicants need to provide a 3-page CV outlining their relevant work experience. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Study pathways

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning (C11001), the Graduate Diploma in Planning and the Master of Planning (C04007). Exit award This course also enables students enrolled in the Master of Planning (C04007) to exit after completing 48 credit points of study and gain a graduate diploma qualification.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $36,864 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

Further information

The degree enables professionals to change careers due to the multidisciplinary nature of the learning. Graduates are in public sector positions, including working for state and local government, and in private consulting and property development firms. There are also careers in strategic planning on major developments and projects, master planning with financial analysis, and the increasingly important area of sub-regional planning.

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