The Graduate Certificate in City Planning is a six-month program designed to help you move into planning from a related discipline, or to gain a greater understanding of planning from a relevant professional standpoint. Key areas of study include urban society, theory and history, city economics and development, environment and sustainability, strategic spatial planning, law, administration, research and analysis.

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Why choose this degree?

If you are looking for foundational knowledge and practical capabilities in planning with a six-month program, or intending to continue to the Graduate Diploma and the Master of City Planning, this is for you.

Who should choose this degree?

Students with an undergraduate qualification in a related discipline who seek to move into planning, and professionals who work in other sectors whose work intersects with the planning system, will choose this program.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Housing Consultancy
  • Urban Renewal
  • Environmental Management
  • Heritage
  • Urban Design

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a credit average or above (WAM of 65+). Students applying for either the Grad. Dip or MCP who do not meet these standard admission requirements, may be able to enter the Grad. Cert. This will be at the discretion of he Program Director or Academic Coordinator who will assess applications on a case-by-case basis.

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.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


As part of the Australian Government�??s?�Job-ready Graduates Package, Commonwealth Supported Places?�(CSPs) are now available for this program for T1 2020 only.

^The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*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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