This six-month post graduate program allows you to choose four courses from related degrees in the Faculty of Built Environment: Master of Urban Policy and Strategy, Master of Urban Renewal and Housing, Master of Sustainable Built Environment and Master of City Analytics.You will gain an understanding of the theory and practice behind urban policy and strategy, the market drivers involved in Australia’s cities and housing system, and the challenges of sustainable development related to climate change and life cycle thinking. All the courses in this program are taught in intensive mode, allowing you to extend your learning alongside full-time work. Most classes are structured in two- to three-day blocks including Fridays and Saturdays.

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Why choose this degree?

You will choose this program if you want to combine elements of four master degrees into one short program, tailored to fit your interests and scheduling requirements.

Who should choose this degree?

This program is aimed at mid-career urban policymakers and practitioners in government, industry and consultancy – particularly those who intend to deepen their knowledge of urban policy, housing, urban renewal or sustainable development.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Urban Policymaker or Practitioner
  • Urban Planning Roles
  • Housing or Sustainability Consultancy
  • Mapping and Data Analysis
  • Social Policy

Entry requirements

It is anticipated that the program will attract interest from students from a range of different undergraduate backgrounds including, but not limited to Built Environment discipline areas, Business, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Law, Political Science, Social Policy, Social Science Political Science, Engineering.

An undergraduate degree with at least a credit average in a relevant discipline is required. Whilst there is no formal work experience requirement, we expect that most students enrolling in this graduate certificate will be working full time or will have worked full time since graduating including work in an urban, regional or related professional role. Both local and international students are eligible to apply.

All students completing the Graduate Certificate will have the opportunity to take their Grad Cert credits and continue their studies towards a diploma or a full Masters degree subject to meeting any specific entry requirements of that program.Students may be able to secure professional development credits from their Professional Institutes (depending on the course) and accumulate four units that together will give them a Graduate Certificate. The Faculty is negotiating with the various Professional Institutes to secure their agreement to grant professional development credits to each course.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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