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Field of Study

People and Policy

Master of Urban Development and Design

Understanding the ways in which people occupy cities is crucial to urban development and design. 

In this field of study, you’ll explore human geography and population issues, and develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which cities are developed and governed for and with people.

You can undertake courses exploring community participation in planning, the dynamics of governance, and the psychology of health, among others, and graduate with the skills to contribute to city designs that are both meaningful and efficient.


Top 5 in Australia for architecture

ERA Outcomes 2018

Mid-career salary

Urban Designer


Late-career salary

Urban Designer


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Community Participation in Planning
  • Global Population Issues
  • Dynamics of Governance
  • Geographical Information Systems

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