Master of Environmental Planning
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The Master of Environmental Planning is a holistic, interdisciplinary and flexible degree. It develops professional skills and knowledge in matters important to planning practice, while allowing you to pursue your special interests, such as environmental and resources management, sustainable development, urban and regional planning, environmental law and policy and social impact assessment.
- Gives you the opportunity to undertake an applied planning project to demonstrate your skills as an environmental planner as your capstone unit.
- Offers real-life environmental consultancy projects for real clients through the Environmental Management Practice unit
- Provides education and training in urban and regional planning with particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of the environment
- Balance of theoretical and practical learning opportunities and experiences
|North Ryde (Sydney)|
Minimum course duration
2 years (full time)
Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)
860824 - On-campus
Those working in and wanting to move into the planning area or seeking to gain perspective or an interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning.
• Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent in relevant field • Minimum GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00) • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points||64|
|Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above||56|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master
|800 level or above||Credit Points|
|Required||GSE800||Attitudes to the Environment||4|
|Required||GSE816||Local Government Approval Process||4|
|Required||GSE830||Sustainable Urban Regions||4|
|Required||HGEO808||Heritage and its Management||4|
|Required||either||GSE801||Environmental Law and Policy (4)|
|or||LAW861||Local Government and Planning Law (4)||4|
|Required||either||HGEO802||Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)|
|or||HGEO812||Urban Social Impact Assessment (4)||4|
|Required||4cp from||GSE807||Environmental Measurement and Analysis (4)|
|GSE843||Environmental Decision Making (4)|
|GSE845||Environmental Impact Assessment (4)||4|
Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Master of Environmental Planning specialisations:
This degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and thereby enables graduates of the program to take up membership of the PIA and pursue career opportunities in public and private sector positions which may require recognised professional PIA qualifications.
The program is accredited every 5 years. During their 2009 visit PIA noted the strengths of the program from their interviews with students: "flexibility including the use of intensive subjects; helpful staff; teaching style and use of project based and research based methods; small class sizes integrated with students from other areas of study; multi-disciplinary approaches and integration between subjects."
Planning is a diversifying profession. Planners focus on strategic planning, policy development and research, environmental impact assessment, and development assessment and control.
Career opportunities include:
- State government: strategic planning; policy development and research; statutory planning; development assessment & control; environmental & social impact assessment
- Local Government: strategic planning; statutory planning;
development assessment & control; environmental impact assessment
- Federal Government: policy development & research;
environmental & social impact assessment
- Private Sector: specialist and multi-disciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies; development companies & agencies
- Non Government Organisations: advocacy & lobby groups; peak interest and action groups; research organisations
- Government, particularly at local and state levels
- Non-government organisations
- In the private sector there are opportunities in specialist and multi-disciplinary environmental management, planning and engineering consultancies.
Dr Peter Davies
Lecturer and Program Director, Master of Environmental Planning
Davies lectures in environmental and urban and regional planning. Prior to joining Macquarie University in 2012, he held senior management roles in state and local government and has worked as an environmental scientist, planner and manager for over 20 years. He completed his PhD as a part time student in 2011 on urban water management and also holds a Masters of Environmental and Local Government Law and Bachelor of Science degree.
“The focus of my teaching is to get students to reflect on how and why policy and legislation has been developed and is implemented. This requires multi-disciplinary thinking that is a foundation skill for all good planners.”