Graduates of the Master of Planning and Urban Design at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based design studio and/ or field experiments/practices by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to urban and regional planning in the tropics
  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex planning data using advanced mathematical, statistical, qualitative and technological skills
  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, social science and scientific data, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media
  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying planning knowledge and skills with initiative and expert judgement
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work
    effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

This JCU Masters degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete a total of 48 credit hours as per the following:

Core Subjects

  • Environmental and Regional Planning
  • Urban Geography and Design
  • Planning Legislation and Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

+Subjects for Disaster Resilience

  • Disaster Management Principles
  • Disasters, Communities and Planning
  • Leadership in Disaster Management
  • Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

+Subjects for Sustainable Tropical Urbanism

  • Urban Design Studio
  • Field Study in Tropical Geography
  • Advanced Design Communication
  • Urban Ecosystems

+12 Credit Hours from

OPTION A (Dissertation – entry restricted to minimum Grade Point Average of 5.5)

  • Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2)
  • Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review
    (2 of 2)


OPTION B (Minor Project)

  • Professional Planning Project (1 of 2)
  • Professional Planning Project (2 of 2)
  • Professional Placement

+1 from any of the below:

  • Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • Special Topic 1

Students have an option to complete 3 subjects with Pomeroy Academy: Distil Design Disseminate, Smart and Sustainable Cities, and Vertical Urban Theory. Upon successful completion of Pomeroy Academy’s subjects, students can obtain respective transferable credits for: Advanced Design Communication, Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment, and Urban Ecosystems.

Admission Requirements
  • Completion of an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) in any discipline including Public Health, but excluding Health disciplines generally, Language studies or performing Arts.

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 6 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL (Internet Based) 74 (no component less than 18) / Pearson PTE Academic 52 (no component less than 52); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis.
Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

James Cook University (Singapore Campus)
149 Sims Drive
Singapore 387380

Tel: +65 6709 3888