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    MURP in Sydney: UNSW vs USYD vs Macquarie?

    Hey, guys and gals!

    I got offers from UNSW and USYD to study MURP in Sydney (Australia). Macquarie uni has got a Master of Environmental Planning program and they might offer me a place as well. Please, help me choose which one!

    So far I think:

    USYD:

    Pros - Highest ranking, most prestigious. There is an option to 'enrich' your core specialisation with extra stuff on Urban Design or Heritage Conservation. They also hint it has strong international connections, namely the Government of Papua New Guinea. Perhaps they offer internships there? Could be interesting...

    Cons - I fear it may be too theoretical like many 'sandstone' universities. Am I wrong?

    UNSW:
    Pros: Oldest planning school in Sydney, good course. More technical/hands-on?
    Cons: Lower ranking, less geared towards strategic planning.

    MQ:asi

    Pros: Does offer work experience as part of the course and you can get PIA accredited while having an Environmental Planning degree. Would the basic planning part of it suffer?

    Cons: Lowest ranking among the three. Much less known internationally. A relatively young faculty.


    What do you think?

    Thank you for your ideas!




    Jan

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    UNSW also have program in UD. Just choose design units for your electives if you want to be more design-based. Their MUDD program is well regarded so you might want to consider switching to that.

    I found the rules of assignments followed by the book at USyd to be a little stifling, and some lecturers might treat students as ignorant kids (which many of them are, of course). UNSW treated you more like an adult.

    Mq is good if your focus is planning law

    No one cares about rankings. "Enrich"? "International connections"?? These are just marketing gimmicks.

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    Thanks, prairiesheep!

    It seems UNSW is a bit better, is it not? They've got an urban modelling stream... is it something particularly hot on the job market? Or am I better off going for the Urban Governance and Management stream with my Commerce background?

    Cheers!

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    I'd say it depends on the future job that you're aiming for. No one pays attention to the streams at uni but just take whatever units that they fancy. Skills in visualisation and design might be useful in the private sector. Councils usually ask for knowledge of planning legislation and DA skills.

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    I see... How hard is it to get a part-time job at a council while you're studying? Do you have to have studied Planning Law to get in?

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    I believe having been through planning law does help since most entry-level council planning jobs involve DAs.
    There used to be a lot more maternity-leave filler positions than it is now. Make a lot of cold calls if need to.

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    Cheers, mate!

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