Master of Urban Policy and Strategy




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
Urban Policy and Strategy is a unique degree offered by the Faculty of Built Environment for professionals wishing to develop advanced skills in urban management. The program focuses on developing leaders in the field of urban 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.
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 change and theories of cities; the key urban strategy challenges; decision making and policy administration; public and private development finance; policy instruments and their assessment; 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.
The program is a three-semester program delivered in one calendar year (Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer Term). The program will be able to be taken full-time or part-time, and the three phases achieved by Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or a full Masters degree. Courses in the program will be delivered in intensive teaching blocks in order to enable those still working to participate. 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.
At the end of the program students will:
Have a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice behind the development of urban policy and strategy
Have a comprehensive understanding of the key issues driving the management of cities, and be aware of the governance, politics and ethics of managing urban policy
Be able to analyse and present concisely the arguments around a policy problem, and understand how to manipulate data to extract the issues for this analysis
Have advanced skills in preparing and managing strategic planning processes
Have either undertaken an overseas study project or a local consulting project from the beginning analysis through to the end presentation of recommended policy and strategy
Graduate attributes
Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of urban policy and strategy
Apply research principles and methods applicable to urban policy and strategy in local, national and international contexts
Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply established theories to practice
Justify, interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner
Plan and execute a substantial research-based professionally-focused project in urban policy and strategy (capstone)
To qualify for the Master of Urban Policy and Strategy students are required to complete a program of study totaling 72 UOC. Students must select 9 or 10 of the following core courses (a total of 54 or 60 UOC) and 2 or 3 BE (Built Environment) Select elective courses (a total of 12 or 18 UOC) to complement their core courses and to achieve the Program study required total of 72 UOC.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Built Environment

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants with a completed Bachelor is degree or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest).

Entry Requirement For International Student

In order to apply to the program applicants must have at least 3 years of post graduate, industry experience, including work in an urban, regional or related professional role. An undergraduate degree with at least a credit average in a relevant discipline is also required. A relevant degree would encompass studies in a built environment discipline as well as studies in social science, social policy, business and law.
They should also satisfy the following English Language requirements: TOEFL (PBT): 577 overall with a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); University English Entry Course (UEEC): successful completion of the UEEC with a grade of C plus and a minimum score of 20 in the writing component; PTE (Academic) - Pearson Test of English academic: 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): B grade; Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A grade; successful completion of the ANU College Access Program with a minimum of 70 per cent overall.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Sheridan College (Ontario)
Georgian College
Open Universities Australia
Griffith College

Full Time (1.5 years)

AUD $18,850 for the entire course

26 February 2018, 23 July 2018, 18 February 2019

University of New South Wales - UNSW Kensington Campus, High Street, Kensington, UNSW SYDNEY, New South Wales, 2052, SYDNEY, Australia