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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning

Develop the knowledge and skills needed to help communities, companies and governments integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development, from site design to regional scale analysis.

When you study Regional and Town planning at UQ, you'll learn to balance the competing priorities of development with preservation of the natural environment as you gain the necessary skills to plan cities and regional towns.

You'll study land use, transport, infrastructure and urban design, as well as real estate markets, investment, sustainability, community consultation and strategic long-term town planning.

Regional and town planning assists communities, companies and governments to integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development, from site selection to regional considerations. It covers land-use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, use and extension of information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, planning law and practice, commercial and industrial development, and policy making and implementation.

Under the program, you'll learn how to apply planning theory and develop design skills through project work. These projects will vary in complexity, from simple small-scale projects to comprehensive development schemes, often in real-life situations in conjunction with local authorities and community organisations.

You'll graduate with a qualification recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia and be prepared for a variety of interesting roles in the public, private and civil society sectors.

Program highlights

  • Apply your planning theory and develop your design skills by working on real-life planning projects with industry partners in every year of the program.
  • Focus your planning qualification through your choice of specialised electives.
  • Gain the professional recognition of an accreditation by studying at UQ’s Regional and Town Planning program, which is fully accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.
  • Open pathways to further studies in regional development or honours.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Bachelor's 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry scores
All international applicants need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12 (or an equivalent qualification) and meet the minimum entry score for this program.

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B; plus two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics C or Physics, at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

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