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Environmental Planning

Why study Environmental Planning?

Environmental Planning at Waikato develops your knowledge of how human actions affect the environment. We'll inspire you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment contribute to problems and provide solutions.

Study options

Environmental Planning can be taken as part of the internationally recognised and professionally accredited degree:

Bachelor of Environmental Planning


It can also be taken as a major in these degrees:

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Climate Change
Bachelor of Social Sciences

Professional Accreditation

If you study Environmental Planning under the Bachelor of Environmental Planning you will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). This means that when you graduate you will be work-ready meeting professional standards, preparing you for a wide range of career options in New Zealand and overseas.

Practical

Practical hands on learning

Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. We take frequent field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment.

You will gain practical, industry experience across labs, workshops and field trips and also benefit from guest lecturers and practical activities.

The programme has a strong vocational focus and is committed to producing work-ready graduates in line with professional standards. This means that students who graduate with the accredited BEP degree are in very high demand in the workforce.

Outdoor Study

Career pathways

With our accredited degree, career options are diverse and in high-demand:

  • City Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Iwi Management Planner
  • Policy Analyst or Advisor
  • Private Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Resource Consent Planner
  • Reserves Planner

What will I study?

All students undertake a set of core papers which provides the technical expertise in planning for a broad range of planning related roles. These papers cover topics such as Future Cities, Climate Change, Housing, Spatial Planning, Environmental Policy and Impact Assessment, and Maaori Resource Management.

Majors / Streams

Depending on your strengths and areas of interest, there is a specialised stream to suit you.

Students must elect a planning stream from three specialist areas:

  • Science and the Environment
  • Society and the Environment
  • Te Ara Taiao: Maori and the Environment

Degree planner — Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) Overview

  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Degree planner — BEP (Science and the Environment stream)

Year 1

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Year 2

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  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Degree planner — BEP (Society and the Environment stream)

Year 1

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  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Degree planner — BEP (Te Ara Taiao: Māori and the Environment stream)

Year 1

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  • Stream
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

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Ready for the next level?

Once you have completed your degree, you can progress your study at Postgraduate Level.

Master of Environmental Planning
Doctor of Philosophy

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