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BEP
Bachelor of Environmental Planning

Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) is a multidisciplinary, research-led programme that prepares you for a career in planning and environmental management.

As a BEP student, you'll be taught by leading academics and industry experts who are at the forefront of the latest research and innovation in sustainable housing, water management, Māori resource management and biodiversity conservation.

Their expertise will provide you with a solid foundation in professional planning skills and a specialist degree accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). With close connections to the wider Waikato region and its wealth of natural resources, our environmental planning programme provides a core foundation and a choice of specialised streams to shape your future career.

This four-year degree is divided into three streams:

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

The degree brings together papers from subjects including Environmental Planning, Biology, Economics, Māori and Indigenous studies, Public Policy, Political Science and Geography.

Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

The BEP provides you with practical, industry experience gained across labs, workshops and field trips. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers and practical activities, and will attend industry-focused events such as resource management hearings, urban design evaluations and environmental impact assessment workshops.

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Key information

Years: 4.0
Points: 480
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) Overview

Please see degree planner footnote for list of paper options.

Year 1

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Stream

Stream

  • Compulsory
  • Stream
  • Core

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Career opportunities

  • City Planner
  • Community Development Coordinator
  • Conservation Planner
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Iwi Management Planner
  • Policy Analyst or advisor
  • Resource Consent Planner
  • Environmental Educator

Courtney Richmond I see the world, and my place in the world, in a totally new light now and that’s the result of being pushed to question, inquire and discover my own answers and my own meaning through my studies here at Waikato.

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the BEP, you need University Entrance or equivalent. Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites. You can check these at papers.waikato.ac.nz. If you do not meet the prerequisites email recruitment@waikato.ac.nz as there may be other pathways you can take.


Scholarships and prizes

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Graduate study options


Many of the papers offered within the BEP contain opportunities for practical experience including labs, workshops and field trips. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers and practical activities, and will attend industry-focused events such as resource management hearings, urban design evaluations and environmental impact assessment workshops

As you progress in your programme of study you are expected to undertake a wide range of practical activities as part of your assessment. Preparation of maps, GIS applications, resource consent applications, resource management plans, iwi management plans, policy position papers and environmental monitoring plans are examples of the intended practical experience component.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
Email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

Environmental Planning Programme:

Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4046
Email: envp-fass@waikato.ac.nz