The Master of Urban Development and Design (Extension) offers you advanced study in the growth and change of urban form. It is multidisciplinary, Design Studio based and includes a compulsory field trip and workshop in a major international city. You will connect with fellow universities, city agencies and professionals to integrate the latest urban development practice with creative design to forge the 21st century city.You will study the synthesis of spatial political economy, urban design principles and paradigms, and urban design as public policy. The research/design component involves higher order research as a preparation for new practice frontiers, or a higher degree. Using Sydney as a case study, this degree’s Extension element provides you with a deeper critical understanding of design techniques for burgeoning cities and older urban regions facing structural change.

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Why choose this degree?

On completion of this degree you will be eligible to apply for membership in the Urban Design Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is ideal for anyone seeking practice in urban design who wants to have a combination of practical coursework and design research; the Extension element is for students who want to look even deeper into the subtle, complex challenges of this area.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Urban Design Consultancy
  • City Agency Work
  • Development Industry Work
  • Private Practice in Urban Design

Entry requirements

Admission to the 8141 Urban Development and Design - Extension Program (96 UOC) is for students who have a recognised four year Bachelor degree or equivalent in an appropriate cognate discipline or the completion of the 7131 Graduate Certificate from non-cognate disciplines.

Admission is also open to graduates of a recognized three year undergraduate degree in Architecture studies.Cognate disciplines would typically include design and non-design based disciplines in the built environment, design and engineering: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Planning, Property Development, Construction, Design, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transport Engineering.All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a credit average (equivalent to a WAM of 65 or above) in their Bachelor degree. Additionally, applicants will need to submit a portfolio to support their application and an expression of interest that outlines the applicant's reasons for undertaking the urban design research project which is the capstone requirement of the four semester program.

Additional selection criteria

Additional selection criteria for admission to this program:PortfolioInterviewPortfolio:The portfolio should include sample works from various stages of the applicant's previous degree(s) and/or work experience. Text should accompany all drawings/images to explain the projects and specify the applicant's individual contribution to any group projects and/or workplace projects.The portfolio must be in digital format.Applicants with a planning, property development, construction or engineering degree are encouraged to use the portfolio to demonstrate their interest and capacity for contributing to the urban design studio learning experience. These applicants may choose to include visual presentations (panels or posters) or other supporting illustrated material that expresses physical and spatial concepts.Expression of Interest:A 500-word statement which outlines the applicant's reasons for undertaking an urban design research project, the capstone requirement of the four-semester 8141 Program.

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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Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*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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