Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning
Professional Accreditation Status
This course is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Graduates are eligible for immediate membership of the Urban and Regional Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia and, after two years’ professional planning experience, are eligible to become corporate members (MPIA).
Masters Degree (AQF Level 9)
Tropical Environments and Societies
Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline (such as geography, environmental studies, planning or similar).
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Graduate Certificate of Science in Tropical Urban and Regional Planning is the pathway for entrants with a first degree from disciplines other than Geography, Environmental Studies, Planning or similar.
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Placement/ professional practice:
This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. For more information, refer to:
For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
Additional completion requirements
Course learning outcomes
The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
Graduates of the Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning at James Cook University will be able to:
EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning
EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design
EV5603:03 Planning Legislation and Professional Practice
EV5602:03 Urban Design Studio
Select 12 credit points of specified subjects from either OPTION A or OPTION B
OPTION A: Dissertation (entry restricted to minimum Grade Point Average of 5.5)
EV5914:06 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 1 of 2)
EV5915:06 Independent Project and Dissertation (Part 2 of 2)
OPTION B: Project
EV5910:03 Minor Project (Part 1 of 2)
EV5920:03 Minor Project (Part 2 of 2)
Select an additional 6 credit points of EV level 5 subjects from the following specified option groups 1-4
Select 3 credit points (one subject) from EACH of the four specified groups of subjects
EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management
EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management
EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning
EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment
EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography
EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EV5506:03 Remote Sensing
EV5002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment
EV5003:03 Environmental Economics
EV5200:03 Terrestrial Resource Management
EV5205:03 Conserving Tropical Rainforests
EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management
EV5210:03 Management of Marine Protected Areas
EV5251:03 Environmental Impacts of Human Activities in Protected Areas
EV5401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology
EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management
EV5008:03 Professional Placement
EV5605:03 Professional Planning Work Experience
EV5607:03 Disasters: Policy to Practice
EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
10 years (including leave of absence)
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Successful completion of all core and prescribed elective subjects fulfils the academic entry requirements for the Professional Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
6 credit points
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
18 credit points
Advanced standing should not be granted for subjects completed more than 10 years prior to enrolment for the award for which advanced standing is being sought.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
MASTERS OF TROPICAL URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Science in Tropical Urban and Regional Planning.
Where coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the College Dean may recommend the award of a Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning with Distinction.