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The sustainability of tomorrow's communities depends on how they are planned today

Rapid urbanisation, a changing climate, and a carbon-constrained economy, are key challenges. Professional urban, regional and environmental planners are playing an increasing role in ensuring we live in more sustainable and vibrant communities.

Learn how to manage environmental issues and human activities in urban and regional planning practices. You'll develop specialist knowledge and skills in the areas of land use and environmental planning, biophysical, socio-economic and cultural sciences, statutory planning in the Queensland context, and professional and ethical planning practice.

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Study urban and environmental planning at Griffith

The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the urban and environmental planning degree program demonstrates our commitment to preparing graduates for success in their working life.

Our planning degrees are distinctive in putting the “environment” into planning policy and practice – you’ll study within Australia’s first School of Environment. We provide design and evidence based planning studios that draw upon the socio-economic and biophysical sciences to give you the skills you’ll need to tackle complex real world contemporary planning problems.

We have one of the largest teams of urban and environmental planning educators in Australia, who are leaders in the field. The Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia to ensure our graduates meet the strict accreditation requirements for employment as a professional planner.

5-Star Rated

Architecture and Planning at Griffith are rated 5-stars for Educational Experience, Teaching Quality and Skills Development by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Ethan Bowering

Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning/Bachelor of Science

During his time at Griffith, Ethan Bowering won the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award, travelling to Hong Kong to study, and interned in Beijing with the United Nations Environment Programme. After graduating, he landed a job as a policy officer for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment. Now he's completing a Master of Public Policy at the prestigious University of Cambridge, thanks to receiving a Cambridge Australia A P Platt Scholarship. He hopes this qualification will prepare him for a leadership role in environmental policy in Australia.

Ethan Bowering

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Over 600 Scholarships available

Career outcomes

Our graduates are highly successful and follow a number of career paths, from urban planning in cities through to strategic planning for metropolitan regions; from planning for natural resource management to transport and social planning. You may find work in development companies implementing proposals for new housing estates, tourism complexes, transport networks, shopping centres and other commercial projects. You'll also find opportunities with all levels of government, including state and local government agencies, as well as business and industry groups, community organisations and private consulting firms.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 18 February — Friday 22 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 25 February — Saturday 8 June

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 27 May to Saturday 8 June.

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Sunday 7 April — Monday 8 April

Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Thursday 2 May — Sunday 5 May

Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 13 May — Thursday 16 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 23 May — Thursday 23 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Tuesday 11 June — Tuesday 11 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Thursday 13 June — Thursday 13 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Monday 1 July — Friday 5 July

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 4 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 19 October.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 12 July

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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