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Influence cities of tomorrow

Now more than ever, more emphasis has been placed on the environmental management and planning of our cities. Graduates must acquire knowledge to solve problems and reshape the quality and performance of cities around the world.

Gain access to a wide range of career pathways in the natural and built environments with a Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) at Bond. Graduates will receive theoretical and practical skills to undertake environmental management, and urban and regional developments.

Intensive mode delivery

The Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) is delivered in intensive mode. Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, generally scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

The program is also professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry.

Students are also required to complete a Professional Portfolio. The portfolio allows students to develop their professional skills in a real-world environment. Enhancing self-analysis and reflective learning skills, the Professional Portfolio requires students to highlight their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice. The tangible outcomes differentiate graduates within the industry.

"I chose Bond because of its small class sizes, course offerings, and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) accreditation which allows me to work as a planner here in Canada as well as in Australia. The professors really get to know you and I had the privilege of being taught by some very passionate planners who were really interested in investing in me as a person.  Show more

"I chose Bond because of its small class sizes, course offerings, and Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) accreditation which allows me to work as a planner here in Canada as well as in Australia. The professors really get to know you and I had the privilege of being taught by some very passionate planners who were really interested in investing in me as a person. 

My highlight at Bond University was the the social life, because the international student body and small class sizes are very unique. I studied with people from all over the world and I think that enriched my experience more so than if I had studied with people who all came from similar backgrounds as me. 

I had work experience through the Career Development Centre at a local planning consulting firm. This was probably the most important thing I did during my time at Bond that helped me gain full time employment in my profession after graduating because I learned so many on the job skills and had relevant work experience on my CV before finishing my studies.

I currently work as an Urban Planner at Dillion Consulting Limited. In this role, I contribute to land development and urban planning projects such as conducting stakeholder engagement, submitting development applications, and preparing land use plans. 

I think Bond University is a great place to study as an international student because you will receive a unique university experience being at a small, private university and access to students and professors from across the globe." Show less

Shad Mayne (Canada) (Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) Alumnus) Urban Planner, Dillion Consulting Limited

Key features

  • Intensive mode delivery
  • Gain a qualification professional recognised by some of Australia’s leading industry bodies
  • Small class sizes and a personalised approach to learning
  • Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees

About the program

The Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) program focuses on Environmental Management as well as Urban Design & Planning. The Environmental Management component provides an in-depth examination of environmental management, including field work. The content is globally focused, providing qualifications that are in demand worldwide. Show more

The Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) program focuses on Environmental Management as well as Urban Design & Planning. The Environmental Management component provides an in-depth examination of environmental management, including field work. The content is globally focused, providing qualifications that are in demand worldwide. Students may apply for a postgraduate industry internship in the final semester of the program. This includes the option of being involved in a client based environmental management capstone project or research dissertation. The Urban Design and Planning curriculum equips graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to undertake the design, appraisal and management of urban and regional developments. With this qualification, professionals from a built environment background will be able to undertake urban planning and development at a professional level. Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Master specialisation. All students will complete a 2,000-word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration92 weeks
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaArchitecture and Built Environment
Program codeSD-93015
CRICOS code080639J
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, with urban management, sustainability and climate change becoming fundamental challenges for the government, private and community sectors in Australia and around the world. Professionals working within the natural and built environments must possess comprehensive knowledge and skills in the areas of economics, entrepreneurship, development, policy, science, sustainable practices and technology.

This degree will provide you with access to a wide range of career pathways in the natural and built environments. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical experience required to be sustainability professionals in business, industry, government, consulting firms and non government organisations.

Graduates can progress into a wide range of careers in mining and energy, fisheries and agriculture, tourism, property, community infrastructure, city and regional planning, development assessment, transportation, strategic or social planning or urban design.

Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable environments, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of this degree are internationally recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the program is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

View the Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The structure of the Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) comprises both theoretical and practical subjects. This program is designed in close consultation with prominent industry professional boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) (13)

To complete a Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning, you must complete all of the following subjects:

*Please note that the Professional Portfolio subject can only be commenced once all coursework subjects have been completed.

Electives (2)

Students choose any two electives from the FSD list of postgraduate subjects.

The total program fees for the Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning (Professional) are:

  • $59,267
  • $61,472

Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree at an approved institution. 

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.