Graduate Diploma in Planning and Design

Course 373AA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Professor Philip Goad


Environments and Design Student Centre
T:+61 3 8344 6417 /9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Course Overview: The Melbourne School of Design offers a range of generic Planning and Design courses at Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level (both by coursework and research).

The purpose of these courses is to allow students to create an individual course of study by selecting subjects, with the approval of the Planning and Design Course Coordinator, from across the disciplines of the Melbourne School of Design.

The flexibility these courses offer is of great benefit to students who:

  • Do not wish to specialise in one particular area;
  • Who are not yet certain where their interest and career aspirations lie; or,
  • For those with an existing qualification in the disciplines represented in the Melbourne School of Design (or related) who wish to enhance their qualifications through advanced studies in areas of their choice.
A generic Master of Planning and Design (by Thesis) is available for suitably qualified applicants who wish to undertake research in one of the disciplines represented in the Melbourne School of Design, but who dont meet the requirements for a specialist degree.


The course aims to develop skills in the discipline areas offered by the Melbourne School of Design. Applicants may pursue a prescribed course of study to:

  • Enhance their existing qualifications;
  • Assist in a shift towards the disciplines represented within the Faculty; and/or,
  • Lead to further academic studies.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

All students must complete:

100 points undergraduate / graduate level subjects.

The course draws on undergraduate subjects usually in a major sequence of study to produce a coherent program appropriate for graduates wishing to progress to higher level study. A Graduate Diploma should not consist entirely of lower-level undergraduate subjects. In most cases students will choose a combination of undergraduate and some fourth year level graduate subjects.

Students should contact the Environments and Design Student Centre (details above) to organise subject selection.

Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:
· an undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and call for referee reports and employer references, as appropriate, to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

For information about how to apply click here.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes: Refer to University of Melbourne graduate attributes located at:
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