Bachelor of Planning

Design and create sustainable, future-proof cities, towns and urban areas with a degree accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. Gain an understanding of what makes towns, cities, roads and public spaces functional and healthy. You’ll develop the creative ability to plan, design and lead projects that improve physical communities in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Experience has no substitute

Sharpen your skills with over 140 hours of work experience

Design for every community

Gain skills to work in the planning area of your interest

Sustainable thinking

Focus on sustainable design and environmental impact


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible

Fees currently displayed are indicative only. 2024 fees will be uploaded by October, 2023.


4 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements


Recommended Knowledge

English (Units 3/4,C)

QTAC Codes

  • 316271
  • 326271

Course detail

Real stories

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    Sarah Gibson

    Bachelor of Planning

    Planning is a bit of everything from people, place to the environment. Studying planning at JCU with a tropical focus puts students in an area of rapid change, incredible social and economic challenge, and innovation. Singapore has been the highlight, spending two weeks in a city that really is a planning hub.

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    Tyler Leese

    Townsville City Council

    Studying the Bachelor of Planning (Honours) at JCU has provided me with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in Town Planning. The wide array of subjects on offer within the degree program, guides students through a plethora of learning experiences, developing each student into a job ready graduate!

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    Associate Professor Lisa Law

    Bachelor of Planning

    The Bachelor of Planning suits many different kinds of students. If you’re creative there’s opportunity to do city designing, if you enjoy geographical information systems and planning schemes this could also be for you, or if you’re interested in environmental conservation you can focus on environmental policy.

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    Paul Johnston

    Townsville City Council Manager Planning Services

    The JCU student town planning placement program with council has been a long term initiative running for over 20 years. We have seen many high achieving JCU students go on to either work at council, state government agencies or private consultants as leaders in their field.