Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning)

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

The Bachelor of Research (Planning) leads to the Master of Research (Planning) which provides graduates with the professional and scholarly education to take a leadership role in urban and regional planning and policy development. For domestic students, this program attracts Australian Government funding, packaged as a Bachelor of Research Studies (Planning)/Master of Research (Planning) to meet regulations.


The first year combines coursework training in comprehensive research methodology with an advanced specialisation in urban and regional planning. In the second year students will undertake a supervised year of higher degree research and produce a Masters thesis. The second year also includes a series of workshops and seminars designed to enhance students research and professional capabilities.


  • Developing Sustainable Places
  • Financing Cities in the Global Economy
  • Managing Cities: History and Theory
  • Planning and Environmental Regulation
  • Urban Management Practice: Governance and Power in the City
  • Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research
  • Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication
  • Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research.

Standard entry requirements

Bachelors degree or a Master in a discipline such as Planning, Architecture, Engineering, property, Urban Studies, landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Management. Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65. Demonstrated professional experience in a related discipline to be considered at the discretion of the Dean, Graduate Studies for applicants whose most recent qualification is 5+ years old and a statement that outlines a tentative research area.


The Master of Research Studies (Planning) is an internationally recognised degree.

Study pathways

Students may exit with the Bachelor of Research Studies (exit only) after Year 1 and the successful completion of 80 credit points, with advanced standing of 160 credit points from their previous undergraduate qualification being granted.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Parramatta Yes
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
Parramatta City No
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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