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Master of Urban Policy Strategy Built Environment Post Professional Degree

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The Master of Urban Policy and Strategy is an exciting new post-professional Masters degree in the Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW. The program is designed to create leaders in the urban transformation of our cities. The degree is for professionals wishing to develop advanced skills in urban management and policy. Work in this field is challenging and complex and requires a capacity not only to understand the range of issues confronting urban managers but also to understand how to use and interpret data, to prepare evidence based policy, and to understand core development finance feasibilities.

Curriculum The program is structured in three phases: understanding the context of cities and regions and their management; the use of tools for policy assessment, development finance and data analysis; and the key issues faced during professional practice. The program covers the drivers of urban change and theories of cities; key urban strategy challenges; decision making and governance; public and private development finance; strategic planning and impact assessment tools; urban data and modern data tools; advanced research methods; and urban leadership, politics and ethics. The program includes two BE select electives which will facilitate a focus on specific urban policy issues. An international study project will be offered in the final semester for Masters students. The program may be taken full-time or part-time, and the three phases can be achieved by Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or a full Masters degree. Courses in the program will be delivered in intensive teaching blocks to provide more flexibility for those working. The program will utilise a number of different teaching strategies including: studios, master classes, problem-based learning, case studies and field trips, consulting projects with clients, and evidence-based research. Class sizes in the program will be deliberately small to allow students to engage in highly interactive classes with other students, researchers, professionals, adjunct faculty and teachers. Teaching will be delivered by UNSW faculty staff and expert practitioners in this field with a focus on real world problem solving. Students will be encouraged to actively engage with the current debates around housing, transport, infrastructure, city planning and the financing of urban investment.

Who should apply? In order to apply to the program applicants must have at least 3 years of postgraduate, industry experience, including work in an urban, regional or related professional role. A relevant undergraduate degree is required. Local and international students are eligible to apply. The program is particularly suited to professionals from State and Commonwealth governments and the private sector wanting to up skill their policy capabilities after being in the field for several years. Applicants will be required to undertake an interview process as part of their application for entry into the program.


More Information

Applications for admission to postgraduate coursework programs are made directly to the University using the UNSW Apply Online service at The charge for the Apply Online service is $50. All applicants must supply certified copies of academic transcripts.

Applicants interested in finding out more about this new program are welcome to contact Professor Sue Holliday at The Faculty Student Centre can answer questions and provide more information about the application procedure. Their contact details are listed below. The University of New South Wales Faculty of Built Environment Sydney NSW 2052 Australia T: +61 (2) 9385 4799 E: W:


Professor Sue Holliday

Professor Alan Peters


Deputy Dean, Director, Australian Graduate School of Urbanism

Sue spent 25 years in planning practice at State government level, and was the Director General of Planning in NSW from 1997-2003. She continues to play an active role in shaping the urban policy debate in Australia and chairs several government Committees and Boards. She advocates the integrative policy role of planning practice throughout government agencies.

Alan’s research and policy interests cover the interaction between planning systems and property markets and the role of technology in improving the efficiency of that interaction. He has written extensively on the impact of local planning and tax systems on economic growth and on the role of Geographic Information Systems in policy analysis.

Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar Director, Planning Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre Simon’s research and policy interests include urban regeneration and renewal, housing market dynamics and addressing spatial disadvantage. Prior to joining UNSW in 2005, he worked as a housing and urban policy research analyst for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK.

Courses in this program will be taught by UNSW faculty staff, adjunct professorial staff and external experts. As the emphasis is on practice, experts in governance, policy, development industry, ethics and politics will inform the discussion and debate with students using their experience and knowledge to make real the challenges faced by those working in this sector. Whenever possible, international expert visitors to Sydney will be invited to hold masterclasses for participants in this program. CRICOS: 00098G

Master of Urban Policy & Strategy  
Master of Urban Policy & Strategy