JCU Planning is a leader in urban design. A focus on improving livability in a changing climate develops graduates who deliver functional, sustainable towns and cities. Develop in-demand skills and launch a career with global potential.
Make a difference
Learn about the relationship between natural and built environments and be ready to lead the way in improving liveability and climate impact for communities. JCU Planning has a distinctive focus on strong, sustainable urban design resilient to disasters in a tropical location – a region with 40 per cent of the global population.
Forge a meaningful future
JCU Planning students benefit from meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and local governments, building knowledge that can help shape the world.
Lead the way
Using well-developed communication skills, you will be well equipped to make proposals and promote a clear course of action that others can follow.
Experience the incredible
Experience urban design and sustainable town planning on multiple levels. JCU students have opportunities to visit regional towns and international design landmarks like the Helix Bridge in Singapore. With a JCU Planning degree, you can have an impact on how urban planning affects our global future.
Gain a one-year university qualification while opening up your pathway into many JCU Bachelor degrees. The Diploma of Higher Education is recognised as a stand-alone qualification designed for students who don’t meet the entry requirements of a Bachelor degree.
Make a difference to global futures with the University ranked #1 in the world for collaborative partnerships for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).* Gain specialist skills and expertise to elevate your existing position or take your first steps to a new career. Be empowered to tackle the big issues like poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, and global health. *Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020
Make a difference to global futures with the University ranked #1 in the world for collaborative partnerships for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*. *Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020
Make a difference to global futures with the University ranked #1 in the world for collaborative partnerships for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).* Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed to help direct development initiatives like poverty alleviation, sustainable planning, and global health. * Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020
JCU Master of Philosophy graduates are internationally recognised as experts who discover valuable new knowledge in their fields. The skills you develop during your MPhil will enable you to develop yourself professionally within your existing sector, or to apply your research, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to new contexts. Graduates can also continue their independent research in a Doctor of Philosophy.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning
The most interesting aspect about this course has been the unforgettable experiences that I’ve had throughout the process of completing my degree, which I don’t believe I would have been able to have anywhere else.