Bachelor of Planning

Planners help decide the design and appearance of cities and towns as well as their services, facilities and communities.

Course summary
Campus? Townsville; Cairns
Duration? 4 years full time
Part time available
Midyear Entry? Yes
OP/Rank 2013? 17/64
CRICOS code? 056694B
Prerequisites? English

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About Planning

Imagine a career in which you shape the way whole cities develop. This is the work of a planner. Few other careers enable you to make such a profound impact on the public good.

Your Bachelor of Planning will help you deliver functional cities, thriving regions and healthy urban environments - right alongside better social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

Such important work requires a strong grounding — and JCU is an internationally recognised centre of planning excellence where you will get this foundation. We also hold full Planning Institute of Australia accreditation.

The Strand, Townsville

Unique location benefits

Situated in the heart of tropical northern Queensland, JCU offers a rare setting for planning studies.

On our doorstep, World Heritage listed tropics, rainforests and Great Barrier Reef meet rapidly growing cities. This provides an insight into the many planning challenges city regions are facing around the world.

You will experience first-hand the delicate balances modern planning must strike, like lifestyle with sustainability. These skills are applicable to diverse international planning environments. So your degree is portable enough to take you anywhere in the world.

Work-ready skills that really count

JCU has large industry networks across a broad range of planning organisations. So we integrate your conceptual planning knowledge in practical workplace settings.

In your final year, the Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning will coordinate stimulating work placements for you.

You will gain practical work experience in such diverse sectors as:

  • local authorities

  • state government departments

  • non-government organisations

  • private consultancies.

On-the-job work experience is also an opportunity to make valuable employer and industry networks.

Australia has a strong demand for planners, so your career prospects are exceptional wherever you choose to take your planning skills.


This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.