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Planning, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (WUR) , | ,
Planners help decide the design and appearance of cities and towns as well as their services, facilities and communities. The Planning program from James Cook University has large industry networks across a broad range of planning organisations.


Course highlights

  • Situated in the heart of tropical northern Queensland, JCU offers a unique setting for planning studies.
  • On our doorstep, World Heritage listed tropics, rainforests and Great Barrier Reef meet rapidly growing cities. This provides an insight into the many planning challenges city regions are facing around the world.
  • You will experience first-hand the delicate balances modern planning must strike, like lifestyle with sustainability. These skills are applicable to diverse international planning environments. So your degree is portable enough to take you anywhere in the world.

Career opportunities

Australia has a strong demand for planners, so your career prospects are exceptional wherever you choose to take your planning skills.

Imagine a career in which you shape the way whole cities develop. This is the work of a planner. Few other careers enable you to make such a profound impact on the public good.

Your Planning program from James Cook University will help you deliver functional cities, thriving regions and healthy urban environments - right alongside better social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

Such important work requires a strong grounding – and JCU is an internationally recognised centre of planning excellence where you will get this foundation. We also hold full Planning Institute of Australia accreditation.


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).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Credits
    96 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Processes and Global Change
  • Human Geography
  • Introduction to Planning
  • The Environmental Professional
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Urban Geography and Design
  • Population Geography and Demography
  • Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 056694B

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33280 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


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