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Expand your knowledge for creating liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places. Study the Human Geography and Planning major at The University of Western Australia to explore the complex interplay of environmental, economic, social, and political processes shaping human activities at a range of scales from global to local.
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About The Course

Human geography and planning are the essential disciplines for understanding the complexities of cities and regions and guiding their sustainable development. This Human Geography and Planning major at The University of Western Australia explores the complex interplay of environmental, economic, social, and political processes shaping human activities at a range of scales from global to local. 

To flourish, human and urban development must grapple with ecological sustainability, cultural diversity, changing demographic pressures, disasters and global markets. You’ll develop the relevant knowledge and skills to help resolve major urban and regional problems and ultimately have the ability to contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places. 

It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (with a cost of up to $500 per student, to cover the cost of food and accommodation for around 10 nights). Studying this major provides you with the foundation to pursue further study leading to full recognition as a professional planner through the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning or the Masters of International Development.

Career Pathways

Planners and Geographers see the world throughout their careers. UWA graduates are employed by local and state governments (such as the Department of Planning), in the private sector, regional development, public administration, public policy, social research, teaching and property and land development. Graduates with this major are also employable internationally, helping to solve social, economic and environmental problems in other parts of the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))

    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geographies of a Global City
  • Disasters!
  • Geographies of Economic Development
  • Social Geography and Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Reading Landscapes: People and Processes

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

CRICOS Code: 00126G

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

  • All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE): 80
  • Canadian Matriculation (except Quebec): 80
  • Chinese Gao Kao: 80
  • Chinese Unified Examinations (UEC): 80
  • French Baccalauréat: 80
  • GCE or Cambridge Advanced-level Examinations: 80
  • German Abitur: 80

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 99000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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


Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

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.


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