Urban and Regional Planning

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Are you always fascinated by buildings, places, maps and the world around you in general? Do you envision yourself part of nation building? The name of the profession, “Urban Planning,” is straightforward and descriptive and this might be the one suitable for you. Urban planners plan for the future of urban areas. But that is just the tip of the ice-berg.


In Malaysian higher education, there is a variety of urban and regional planning courses as well as other courses that are related to this field. They can be listed as (township and urban planning studies) or as (development and planning management.)

Postgraduate studies in this field are very subjective and may require your personal effort in researching the areas you excel at and what are the interests you have and pursue them.

Subject Focus

What will you study as a student of the field?

  • Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Computer Technologies and Relation to Planning
  • Community Development
  • Rural and Regional Planning
  • Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects
  • Development and Property Appraisal
  • Environmental Planning & Management
  • Other Specialized Subjects

Entry Requirements:

Good results in any of the following: STPM, A level, Foundation studies, Diploma in Computer Related Subjects, Or equivalent qualifications.

Personality Type

Patience is the key characteristic of a planner. Considerate or the community and the environment, incredible attention to details, long term vision for the future, ability to sense what’s between the lines among many other personality traits.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Work opportunities are found with local authorities, consultant firms, developers firm and R&D Organizations.

  • Urban/City Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Housing Planners
  • Hazard Mitigation Planner

Entry Level: RM2,300 – RM3,000
Professional Levels: RM4,000 – RM7,000
Higher Positions: above RM7,500

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
Urban planning is a profession that offers a wide range of opportunities for people with many different talents and aspirations. It is a relatively small but growing field and most planners work for the government. Most urban planners work on creating policy and other methods to encourage investment. Demands of Malaysia’s growing cities such as public transport infrastructure and improving city ambiance will require the services of urban planners. Moreover, climate changes will affect the way how cities should be built. According to the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley NKEA 2020 targets, developing livable cities would be among its key drivers to economic growth.

Useful links

Malaysian Institute of Planners

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