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Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) (BURP) - BUrbRegPlan

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): External: 907245; Toowoomba campus: 907241

CRICOS code (International applicants): 098374D

Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:4 years full-time, 8 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Associate Degree of Spatial Science

~Students enrolled in the external mode of study should note that there are mandatory on-campus residential schools held at USQ Springfield for some courses in this program.

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Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is provisionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates may seek Planner registration with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) program provides students with the educational requirements to become a professional planner and the ability to undertake postgraduate studies. The program equips students with a core of theoretical, scientific, analytical, managerial, professional, research and communication skills that will permit them to undertake an in-depth study of the fundamental science and practice of Urban and Regional Planning. The program provides students with sufficient knowledge of urban and regional planning to be eligible to gain employment, certification and, where appropriate, registration as a professional planner.

In addition, students obtain knowledge of the natural, legal, commercial, industrial and social environments in which they will function as professionals. The program instils in students the need for continuing professional development and is designed to identify, and award honours to, students who have the capacity to undertake study at an advanced level and to make an original contribution to the fundamental science and practice of urban and regional planning. The class of honours will be determined by academic performance. Refer to the Honours section of this entry for further details.

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Program objectives

A student who successfully completes the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) should be able to:

  • review and apply theories, concepts, methods and technologies, with initiative and judgement, to a range of diverse contexts associated with urban and regional planning

  • critically analyse, consolidate, synthesise and evaluate information to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to solve complex Urban and Regional planning problems

  • apply advanced technical and cognitive skills to design, collect, store and manipulate research data

  • accept responsibility for own learning and autonomously apply well-informed judgements regarding professional practices, theories and processes

  • employ a range of advanced oral and written communication skills to clearly and coherently communicate concepts, information and ideas to relevant stakeholders

  • consistently apply academic norms and ethical standards to decision making processes when working collaboratively in a professional capacity.

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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 13, tertiary entrance rank 72 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisites: English (4,SA) and Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent .

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.


These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2019 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) is a 32-unit program comprising academic courses plus Practice courses.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this program.

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Electives/Approved courses

Approved courses are part of the Academic program and students must select approved courses from a specified list.

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Practice courses

The majority of the practical and professional experience requirements for the program are contained within the major recommended enrolment pattern in the following table. These are zero unit courses, which are a compulsory part of the program, however they do not attract a student contribution charge for Australian Residents or a tuition fee for international students.

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Practical experience

Practical experience is desirable and encouraged but is not required for the completion of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) program. Students are encouraged to obtain practical experience during vacation periods.

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IT requirements

Access to an up-to-date computer is necessary. On-campus students can access appropriately equipped laboratories, but should consider acquisition of their own computer. External students should be able to access a computer with the following minimum standards as advised by the University. All students should have access to email and the Internet via a computer running the latest versions of Internet web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The University has a wireless network for on-campus students' computers. In order to take advantage of this facility and further enhance their on-campus learning environment, students should consider purchasing a notebook/laptop computer with wireless connectivity. Specialist software is required for some courses.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. To find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Students are required to undertake practical and professional activities relevant to their program through enrolment in a series of Practice courses in the program. Practice courses are zero unit courses that may be undertaken in either on-campus or external mode and the final grades available are Pass (P)/Fail (F) only. They are a compulsory part of the program and do not attract a student contribution charge for Australian residents or a tuition fee for international students. The recommended enrolment schedule for Practice courses is shown in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern for the program in this Handbook.

External students must attend a number of residential schools during their program to obtain experience in practical and professional activities appropriate to the program. The residential schools are included in Practice courses which are conducted in Semester 3 or during the recess periods. The dates for each residential school Practice course are shown in the Residential School schedule in this Handbook and external students should ensure they are able to attend the residential school prior to enrolling in a Practice course. Personal protective equipment is compulsory in many engineering, construction and spatial science laboratories, students should confirm the requirements before attending residential schools for Practice courses.

Students who enrol in on-campus mode for Practice courses normally undertake a series of weekly activities and/or attend a compulsory residential school.

~The residential school for ENG3902 and ENG4903 will be held at the Springfield Campus.

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Exit points

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) and who satisfy all of the requirements of the Associate Degree of Spatial Science may be permitted to exit with that award.

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Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Work Experience

Work and industrial experience that has not been formally assessed, does not normally qualify for course credit in the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) program.

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The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

To satisfy the requirements of the program students must complete all of the Academic and Practice courses in the following table that shows the recommended enrolment patterns for on-campus and external students for our Toowoomba campus. Students following a non-standard enrolment pattern should consult the course specification to ascertain if a course is offered in another term.

CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements

Year 1, Semester 1

Academic Courses

     ANT1001 Introductory Anthropology111,3
     GIS1402 Geographic Information Systems111
     URP1001 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning111
     ENG1003 Problem Solving in Engineering and the Built Environment111,2

Year 1, Semester 2

     GIS1401 Geographic Data Presentation122
     ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment Applications121,2
     LAW1500 Introduction to Business and Company Law122Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: LLBP or BLAW or BABL or BALW or BBBL or BBLA or BCBL or BCLA or BCLW are not eligible for enrolment Enrolment is not permitted in LAW1500 if LAW1101 has been previously completed
     URP2002 Local Government Planning Practice and Technology122

Year 2, Semester 1

Academic Courses

     ENV2201 Land Studies211
     ECO1000 Economics211
     PRL2002 Community Consultation and Development211
     URP2001 Planning Structures and Statutory Planning211

Year 2, Semester 2

     STA3100 Evaluating Information222
     SVY1110 Introduction to Global Positioning System222
     URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development222
     Approved course (Select from the approved course list)222

Practice Courses Year 2

     GPL2901 GIS and Planning Practice 123MPre-requisite: (GIS1401 and GIS1402) or (URP2001) or (Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCNS or GDNS or MENS)
     GPL3902 GIS and Planning Practice 223MPre-requisite: (GIS1402 or URP2001) Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: GPL2901

Year 3, Semester 1

Academic Courses

     SVY3202 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing311
     CMG1001 Introduction to Construction Management and the Built Environment311
     POL3013 Sustainability and Politics31
     Approved course (Select from the approved course list)311

Year 3, Semester 2

     REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use322
     URP4001 Movement Network Planning322Pre-requisite: URP1001 or SVY4203 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BENH or MEPR
     URP3200 Regional Planning3232M
     ENG4110 Engineering Research Methodology322

Practice courses Year 3

     ENG3902 Professional Practice 1~2M

Year 4, Semester 1

Academic Courses

     SVY4309 Practice Management for Spatial Scientists411
     URP4002 Urban and Regional Planning Theory#411Pre-requisite: URP1001 or URP3201 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDST or MSPT or GCNS or GDNS or MENS or GCBU or MPPM
     Approved course (Select from the approved course list)411
     ENG4111 Research Project Part 1^+411Pre-requisite: ENG3902 and ENG4110

Year 4, Semester 2

     Approved Course (Select from the Approved Course list)422
     SVY3302 Property Valuation and Development422
     GIS4407 Web Based Geographic Information System422Pre-requisite: GIS1402 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCST or GDST or MSST or MSPT or GCNS or GDNS or MENS
     ENG4112 Research Project Part 2^++422Pre-requisite: ENG4111

Practice Courses Year 4

     ENG4903 Professional Practice 2~412MPre-requisite: ENG3902. Students cannot enrol in ENG3902 and ENG4903 in the same semester.

Approved Courses (Select 4 courses from the following)

     ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making1,21,2,3
     ANT3006 Indigenous Peoples in the Nation State*22
     AGR3304 Soil Science11
     ECO3030 Sustainable Economies11
     ECO2000 The Macro-economy and Business2
     LAW2107 Environmental Law**11Co-requisite: LAW1101 or LAW1500 or ENG2002 or REN1201 or (Students enrolled in BEDU (Legal Studies) or BLAW or LLBP or BALW or BBLA or BCLA or BCLW & Co-requisite LAW1201 or LAW1111) or (Students enrolled in DJUR & Co-requisite LAW5501 or LAW5111)
     CLI3301 Climate and Environment Risk Assessment1
     CLI3302 Adaptation to Climate Change2
     GIS3405 Spatial Analysis and Modelling22
     GIS3406 Remote Sensing and Image Processing22
     MGT1000 Organisational Behaviour11,2,3
     PRL3004 Organisational Communication and Culture22
     SVY1102 Surveying A11
     SVY4304 Land and Cadastral Law#22

~The residential school for ENG3902 and ENG4903 will be held at the Springfield Campus.
#Not available in on-campus mode in 2019
^It is recommended that these courses are undertaken in the same academic year.
+It is recommended that students should have completed ENG3902 prior to undertaking this course.
++It is recommended that students should also be enrolled ENG4903 while undertaking this course.
*This course is offered in odd years only.
**On-campus mode at Springfield only.


For students transferring from one program to another a complete list of enrolment requirements are available in the course specification.
Students may undertake only one appropriate level five or level eight course from this program or another program in the area of Engineering and Built Environment as an approved course with the approval of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences.