Hamilton City

Bachelor of Environmental Planning

Bachelors Degree BEP
Hamilton City

Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning /BEP is an interdisciplinary, research-led programme that prepares you for a career in urban and environmental planning.

480 points, 4 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a BEP?

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 climate change adaptation, spatial development, coastal management, urban spatial analysis, Māori resource management, cultural landscapes and biodiversity conservation.

Their expertise will provide you with a solid foundation in planning skills and a professional degree accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). With close connections to the wider Waikato region and abroad, 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:

All students undertake a set of compulsory papers which provides a strong foundation in Environmental Planning. These papers cover topics such as Future Cities, Planning for Environmental Change, Urban Spatial Analysis Environmental Policy and Impact Assessment, Māori Resource Management and professional skills. In addition, students must elect a planning stream from three specialist areas:

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

The degree brings together papers from a range of subjects, including Environmental Planning, Environmental Science, Biology, Law, Economics, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Public Policy, Political Science and Geography.

Further course information

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Planner
  • City Planner
  • Iwi Management Planner
  • Policy Analyst or Advisor
  • Researcher
  • Project Manager
  • Resource Consent Planner
  • Reserves Planner
  • Transport Planner
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation officer

480 points, 4 years


Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

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Practical experience

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 assessments. Preparation of technical reports, GIS applications, resource consent applications, district plans, resource management plans, cultural impact assessments, policy position papers are examples of the intended practical experience component.

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