Planning is about improving the quality of life in cities and regions. It helps communities, companies and governments integrate environmental, economic and social aspects of development - from site design to regional scale analysis.

As an undergraduate, you'll receive an industry-directed balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, from small-scale projects to comprehensive development schemes, often in conjunction with local authorities and community organisations. 

You'll learn about land-use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure, information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, law and practice, commercial and industrial development, and policy. You'll also gain skills in long-range planning as well as structure and statutory components, including the current development of the built and natural environments and the legislative framework controlling land use.

You can choose to focus your fourth year on industry or undertake an honours research project.

As a postgraduate, you can undertake an advanced research project, and choose from electives in your chosen specialty. You can also opt for an industry-based practicum and an in-house practical project.

    Why choose Planning at UQ?

    Our programs prepare you to be a leader in the planning field, and they are recognised by employers as delivering high-quality, experienced graduates. Many of South-East Queenland’s planning firms are headed by UQ graduates.

    Our Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning is one of Australia's leading planning programs. Our Masters of Urban and Regional Planning was the first masters-level program in Queensland to be accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.

    Our local and overseas research links enable you to enjoy a unique teaching experience through our international field trips

    Our graduates find employment in a variety of roles in the public and private sectors, including:

    • urban design
    • statutory or strategic planning
    • regional development
    • environmental management and monitoring
    • technology for planning
    • spatial planning
    • commercial and industrial development
    • engineering and architectural applications
    • heritage and conservation
    • land-use planning
    • planning law and practice
    • resource management
    • social planning
    • tourism
    • transport and infrastructure planning.

    Undergraduate programs

    Postgraduate programs

    Higher degrees by research

    We offer the following higher degree by research (HDR) programs:

    Find out more about our higher degrees by research.