Overview

The Master of Urban Design fosters creative and speculative design thinking while teaching you how to engage with people, data, and advanced  technologies. We’ll teach you to address 21st Century design challenges that embrace 3D space, alongside economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the city. You’ll also develop spatial thinking by combining architectural, creative and evidence-based approaches to urban challenges.

View Master of Urban Design course handbook

Upgrade your skills

  • Creative Future Design thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Change management
  • Critical Analysis
  • Creating plan, strategies and guidlines

Stretch your career further

  • Urban planner
  • Strategic planner
  • Urban designer
  • Town planner

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098497D
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked top 150 in the world for the subject of Art and Design

Graduate employers include Ford, Telstra, and Blackmagic Design.

Ranked top 20 in Australia for PG Graduate Salary – 5 stars

Qualifications

Admission to the Master of Urban Design will require one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Architecture or

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design  (Interior Architecture) (Honours) with an advanced minor in Architecture or

  • successful completion of another three year undergraduate architectural course*.
     

*In the case of completing another three year undergraduate architectural course, a review of prior learning in relation to the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) will be necessary. Supplemental transitionary classes may be required.

Selection will be made using a Range of Criteria which can include (but not be limited to):

  • a pre-selection kit requiring submission of an online portfolio (between 10 and 20 pages) **

  • a personal motivation statement
  • university transcripts.

**Pre-selection kit: Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of between 10 and 20 pages, which must address architecture- and/or urban design-related questions and include visual examples; and provide a 200-400 word written statement, the prompts for which can be found on the application portal

In your portfolio, we are looking for evidence of your ability to think spatially, critically and creatively, as well as the desire to design and build things. In assessing your portfolio, we would like to see your ability to conceptualize and develop ideas. As well as finished outcomes, we are also interested in concept sketches, 3d models or working drawings that display your thinking process.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • conceptual thinking and level of ambition in your projects;
  • spatial thinking, planning and a sense of scale;
  • digital and analogue communication skills, including the use of architectural drawing conventions; and
  • construction and environmental technology.

Think carefully about how you present your portfolio as we will also consider how you structure your content into a clear, compelling story about yourself and your passion for, and commitment to, architecture and urban design. All work must be original. All images must be clearly labelled. In the case of work that has involved others, such as group work or work with a design practice, clearly indicate what your contribution was. Portfolios will be reviewed on a standard computer screen. Please ensure legibility accordingly. To submit your portfolio, you’ll need to complete your online application first. We’ll then send you a link so you can upload your portfolio to Slide Room.

Admission to the Master of Urban Design will require one of the following:

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or
  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with a major in Architecture or

  • successful completion of the Swinburne Bachelor of Design  (Interior Architecture) (Honours) with an advanced minor in Architecture or

  • successful completion of another three year undergraduate architectural course*.

*In the case of completing another three year undergraduate architectural course, a review of prior learning in relation to the Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Architecture) will be necessary. Supplemental transitionary classes may be required.

Selection will be made using a Range of Criteria which can include (but not be limited to):

  • a pre-selection kit requiring submission of an online portfolio (between 10 and 20 pages) **

  • a personal motivation statement
  • university transcripts.

**Pre-selection kit: Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of between 10 and 20 pages, which must address architecture- and/or urban design-related questions and include visual examples; and provide a 200-400 word written statement, the prompts for which can be found on the application portal

In your portfolio, we are looking for evidence of your ability to think spatially, critically and creatively, as well as the desire to design and build things. In assessing your portfolio, we would like to see your ability to conceptualize and develop ideas. As well as finished outcomes, we are also interested in concept sketches, 3d models or working drawings that display your thinking process.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • conceptual thinking and level of ambition in your projects;
  • spatial thinking, planning and a sense of scale;
  • digital and analogue communication skills, including the use of architectural drawing conventions; and
  • construction and environmental technology.

Think carefully about how you present your portfolio as we will also consider how you structure your content into a clear, compelling story about yourself and your passion for, and commitment to, architecture and urban design. All work must be original. All images must be clearly labelled. In the case of work that has involved others, such as group work or work with a design practice, clearly indicate what your contribution was. Portfolios will be reviewed on a standard computer screen. Please ensure legibility accordingly. To submit your portfolio, you’ll need to complete your online application first. We’ll then send you a link so you can upload your portfolio to Slide Room.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Urban Design, students must complete 200 credit points.

9
Core units
+
3
Elective units
=
Masters Degree

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 3 core units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

3
Core units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Design Research Studio A
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC70001
Dynamic Modelling of Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80001
Theories of Buildings and Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70004
Learn more about the Graduate Certificate of Urban Design

Masters degree

Completing an additional 6 core units and 3 elective units entitles you to a Master of Urban Design. 

6
Core units
+
3
Elective units
=
Master
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Design Research Studio A
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC70001
Dynamic Modelling of Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80001
Theories of Buildings and Cities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70004
Design Research Studio B
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC70003
Urban Informatics and Modelling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC70005
Design Research Studio C
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC80002
Urban Economics, Planning and Urban Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80006
Design Research Studio D
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
ARC80003
Planning Law, Strategic and Statutory Planning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ARC80007
Elective units
Digital Sketching and Ideation
Elective unit
DDD60003
DFM Toolbox: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
DDD80012
Transport Planning, Modelling and Economics
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
CVE80003
Studio 4: Open Studio
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD70020
Studio 2: Design Principles
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD60011
Studio 1: Methods for Design Research
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD40001
Studio 3: Inclusive and Participatory Design
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
DDD70019

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$39,300

Total fee* ($AUD)

$78,600

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$41,840.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Course code
MA-UD
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Course code
MA-UD
CRICOS code
098497D
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Semester 2
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Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
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Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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