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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.

Key features

  • 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)

Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode


Course duration

Full time: 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted


Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)

UAC Code

860824 - On-campus

Suitable for

Those working in and wanting to move into the planning area or seeking to gain perspective or an interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning.

Minimum admission requirements 

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in relevant discipline
• GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00)

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

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


For CSP fee information, please visit the unifees website.

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 64
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 ENVG851 Gateway to the Planning Profession 8
Required GSE800 Attitudes to the Environment 4
Required GSE810 Environmental Economics 4
Required GSE816 Local Government Approval Process 4
Required GSE818 Environmental Planning 4
Required GSE830 Sustainable Urban Regions 4
Required GSE844 Environmental Management Practice 4
Required HGEO808 Heritage and its Management 4
Required either GSE801 Environmental Law and Policy
or LAW861 Local Government and Planning Law 4
Required either HGEO802 Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation
or HGEO812 Urban Social Impact Assessment 4
Required 4cp from GSE807 Environmental Measurement and Analysis
GSE843 Environmental Decision Making
GSE845 Environmental Impact Assessment 4
Required 16cp from CLIM803 Climate Change Impacts
CLIM805 Climate Change: Policies, Management and Adaptation
ENV808 Introduction to Geographic Information Science for Postgraduates
ENV875 Cross Institutional Study A
ENV876 Cross Institutional Study B
ENVE853 Environmental Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
GSE801 Environmental Law and Policy
GSE803 Science in Environmental Management
GSE804 Ecological Processes
GSE805 Air and Water Quality
GSE807 Environmental Measurement and Analysis
GSE808 Management of Degraded Environments
GSE811 Coastal Management
GSE819 Environmental Health
GSE825 Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles and Practices
GSE829 Pollution Control and Waste Management
GSE831 International Agreements and the Environment
GSE843 Environmental Decision Making
GSE845 Environmental Impact Assessment
GSE853 Wildlife Management: Principles and Practices
GSE854 Biodiversity Survey and Habitat Assessment Techniques
HGEO802 Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation
HGEO809 Globalisation and Sustainable Development
HGEO810 Special Topic in Environment and Geography A
HGEO812 Urban Social Impact Assessment
LAW851 Climate Change Law
LAW861 Local Government and Planning Law 16
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 64


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.



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."

Career Opportunities

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.


Our Expertise

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.”

Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie for postgraduate study

Macquarie is renowned for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, our highly skilled graduates, and our first-class facilities. We offer: 

  • an education in the top two per cent of universities in the world, giving you an internationally recognised and respected degree
  • a campus in one of the largest business and technology precincts in the southern hemisphere, giving you the industry experience employers look for
  • state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including the most high-tech university library in Australia.
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Master of Environmental Planning

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

1. Select your UAC Code:

860824 - On-campus

2. Please check the course description in the on-line UAC guide as further documentation may be required for your application to be processed, e.g. a supplementary details form.

3. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Application for Session 1, 2015 closed on 23 January 2015.

Application for Session 2, 2015 open until Friday, 19 June 2015.

Please note: If you are applying to articulate to a higher level course (ie, From Graduate Diploma to a Masters), please apply directly to the University following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.


If you are applying for Readmission to this course after an absence please apply directly to the university following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.

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