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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12.7k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1534pts.

    You are advised to apply as early as possible


    The Diploma of Town Planning has been designed to provide an opportunity for university study for people who may never have considered nor undertaken university study before. It also provides a pathway to further university study.

    The Diploma is an introductory course suited to:

    • * people who are looking at widening their employment prospects;
    • * people seeking a career change and who are interested in entering a career in planning;
    • * local government employees who wish to develop their skills and career prospects;
    • * TAFE students who have completed a CERT IV (in any area);
    • * people currently working in the planning system in a clerical/administrative capacity; and
    • * unqualified planning assistants.

    The program consists of eight units. It includes four compulsory first-year units, followed by four elective units. The Diploma will normally take people two years to complete, at a rate of two units per trimester. However the programme is flexible and people may complete at different rates.

    The course is delivered online and can be undertaken from any location. There is no compulsory on-campus attendance, although some of the units in the program have non-mandatory intensive schools which provide an opportunity for face-to-face instruction and interaction with other students. The online learning environment and support provided for the course also provides many opportunities for interaction with lecturers and students.

    Completion of the Diploma does not in itself lead to membership of the Planning Institute of Australia - although for anyone who would like to go on to further study, units passed toward the Diploma can be credited towards the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at UNE. The UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.

    Career Opportunities

    Examples of career opportunities include positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, development companies, state and federal government departments involved with urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, regional prosperity and related fields.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 12680 Year (National)
    • EUR 12680 Year (International)
    Start date February,June 2015 Credits 48
    Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

    Course Content

    Period of Candidature

    The period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

    The course is offered on an off-campus part-time basis only.
    Where a candidate has been granted advanced standing towards the diploma, the school may reduce proportionately the period of candidature.

    Course Requirements

    To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.
    With the permission of the course coordinator, another unit relevant to Urban and Regional Planning may be substituted for one of the units listed in the program of study.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy), this includes the completion of any Certificate IV from TAFE.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of New England.


    The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

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