Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the University Policies and Procedures.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at enquire@science.uq.edu.au or phone 3365 1888 (St Lucia) or 5460 1276 (Gatton).

Study Planner Information

Year 1 to 4 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
GEOS1100 Environment & Society Compulsory
PLAN1000 The Planning Challenge Compulsory
PLAN1001 Introduction to Planning Compulsory
Choose 2 units from:

[ ARCH1140 Buildings in History & Culture
ECON1010 Introductory Microeconomics
ECON1020 Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON1050 Tools of Economic Analysis
ECON1310 Quantitative Economic & Business Analysis A
POLS1101 Introduction to Australian Political Institutions
POLS1301 Introduction to Political Ideas ]

Elective
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
GEOG1000 Human Settlements Compulsory
GEOM1000 Geographical Information & Data Analysis Compulsory
PLAN1100 Foundational Ideas for Planning Compulsory
PLAN1101 Teamwork & Negotiation for Planners Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
ENVM2200 Resource Management & Environmental Planning Compulsory
GEOM2001 Geographical Information Systems Compulsory
ENVM2008 Cultural Heritage Management Compulsory
PLAN2005 History of the Built Environment Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
GEOG2104 Urban Geography Compulsory
PLAN2000 Urban Design Studio Compulsory
PLAN2003 Urban Design Compulsory
PLAN2100 Transport Planning Compulsory
Year 3 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
ENVM3103 Regulatory Frameworks for Environmental Management & Planning Compulsory
ENVM3115 Climate Change & Environmental Management Compulsory
GEOG3000 Regional Economic Development Planning Compulsory
REDE3200 Real Estate Development Planning Compulsory
Year 3 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
GEOG3003 The Global Metropolis Compulsory
GEOG3205 Applied Demography Compulsory
PLAN3000 Plan Making Compulsory
PLAN3005 Community Planning & Participation Compulsory

Please note: Students who have completed 48 units from part A of the BRTP course list (years 1 to 3) and have a GPA of 5.5 may elect to apply to the Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours) program in lieu of continuing with the fourth year of the BRTP program.

BRTP(Hons) enables students to complete an 8 unit research project (PLAN4008) and is recommended for students who intend to go on to further research, or who would like to complete a larger research project.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
PLAN3001 Applied Research Methods Compulsory
PLAN4001 Advanced Planning Theory Compulsory
PLAN4100 Advanced Planning Practice Compulsory
Choose 2 units of electives from Part B Program List1 Elective
Year 4 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
Choose 8 units of electives from Part B Program List1 Elective

1 At least 4 units of Part B electives need to be Level 3 or higher.


If approved to enter the BRTP(Hons):

Year 4 - Semester 1 (Honours stream)
Course Code & Title Requirements
GEOS6001 Research Philosophy, Design & Implementation Compulsory
PLAN3001 Applied Research Methods Compulsory
PLAN4001 Planning Theory Compulsory
PLAN4100 Advanced Planning Practice Compulsory
Year 4 - Semester 2 (Honours stream)
Course Code & Title Requirements
PLAN4008 Planning Thesis Compulsory

What will I study?

The program emphasises the application of planning theory and the development of design skills through project work. This project work varies in complexity from simple, small-scale projects to comprehensive development schemes, often in "real-life" situations in conjunction with local authorities and community organisations. The degree features a core of planning courses backed by planning specialisations. A few examples of core courses are: environment and society; planning theory; environmental planning; planning practice; real estate development planning; and environmental impact.

Full-time students can complete the BRTP in 4 years by passing 4 courses each semester for 3 years and then undertaking a 4th year in honours. Each UQ course has a “unit value” with most courses worth 2 units (#2). To earn a BRTP, you must complete a total of #64 from BRTP list including all the compulsory courses. Honours is available as a separate program in 4th year. To undertake a the honours year, a student will need to achieve a GPA of 5.5 over all year 1-3 courses in Part A.