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The Master of Urban Design (Coursework and Dissertation) is designed to broaden the interdisciplinary scope of urban design work undertaken by architects, planners, landscape architects or professionals in related fields.

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Course description, features and facilities

This course is offered by the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts and delivered by The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (formerly the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia). Students develop in-depth understanding of urban design theories and issues; techniques of urban analysis; and skills for the design and development of cities and urban places. Through their research by dissertation and/or design they design and implement a process to resolve a complex urban problem.

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Student profile – Rosy Serventy

Studying a Masters of Urban Design at AUDRC has allowed me to build on my creative design skills, expand on my urban theory knowledge and explore some urban design issues that particularly interest me.

I especially enjoyed completing a Design Thesis in my final year where I examined the issues of implementing Perth’s infill targets within the suburban shopping precinct of Morley, particularly how to maximise the potential of the limited public realm.

Studying part time, while working as an urban planner allowed me to apply my new skills directly to real world situations.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

S1, S2URBD5802Urban Design Studio (12 points)
S1URBD5804Urban Design Workshop (12 points)
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
S1URBD5808Case Studies in Urban Design
S1, S2URBD5820Urban Design Research Methods

Take unit(s) to the value of 48 points:

S1, S2URBD5821Urban Design Research (full-time) (48 points)
S1, S2URBD5822Urban Design Research (part-time) (48 points)

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Career opportunities

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the complex nature of urban design issues and prepare you for the next step in your career in urban design.

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Further study opportunities

Doctor of Philosophy

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a)(i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent;


(b)(i) a Graduate Diploma in Urban Design, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

English competency

See the full list of English Language Requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Master of Urban Design - Coursework and Dissertation: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion
2 Years
Maximum time to complete
5 Years
Contact details: course information
Jill Penter
The Australian Urban Design Research Centre
6318 6202
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