Master of Planning and Design (Urban Planning) by Research

Course 234-UT (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Melbourne School of Design
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Course Overview: This course is no longer offered. The Master of Philosophy (M Phil) is recommended as a suitable alternative course.

The Master of Planning and Design (by Thesis) is intended primarily for people who are qualified in a broad range of disciplines and who wish to pursue research in their field. These fields include architectural history and conservation, urban design and urban planning.


Upon completion of the degree the candidate will be able to:

  • demonstrate a capacity for articulating a research question and locating it in the context of existing scholarship in the field of inquiry;
  • apply advanced skills and methodologies appropriate to a particular field of inquiry;
  • identify relevant research materials and show a capacity for sustained and discerning research in relation to them; and
  • express research findings in an effective and lucid manner appropriate to the discipline
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Candidates will normally be required to undertake a research training subject in their first semester. Candidates may also be recommended by their supervisor to undertake a coursework component if they require further training in a specific area. However, any coursework undertaken may be equivalent to no more than one third of the total assessment weight of the Masters degree.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants are required to have a four-year university degree (or equivalent) with an overall minimum H2B (70%) result in the final year. A candidate not so qualified may be required to take preliminary studies equivalent to one year full time (100 points). Upon achieving an average of H2B (70%), the candidate may be considered for progression to Masters.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None


Major thesis 30,000 words (100 points)

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