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PhD - Environmental Planning as a subject

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded by the University for research carried out under the supervision of at least two staff members. A PhD can also be presented as a PhD with Publication or a PhD with a Creative Practice Component.

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

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Key information

Years: 3
Start Dates: The first day of any month from February to November
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $6,415 - $6,878 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $32,577-$42,841 per year *New international students may be eligible for domestic fees
Area of Study:
New Zealand resident International PhD students pay the domestic fee.

*Tuition fees shown above 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.

Career opportunities

  • 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
  • Transport Planner

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Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

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Environmental Planning Programme

The Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) is a professional degree. Environmental Planning is also available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Environmental Planning may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Environmental Planning as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points, including 105 points above 100 level and 60 points at 300 level or above. Students must complete ENVPL100, ENVPL101, ENVPL200, ENVPL201, ENVPL202, ENVPL300, ENVPL301, ENVPL302, and ENVPL303.

To complete Environmental Planning as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete ENVPL100, ENVPL101, ENVPL200, ENVPL201, ENPL202, and 45 points from ENVPL300, ENVPL301, ENVPL302, and ENVPL303.

To complete a minor in Environmental Planning, students must complete 60 points comprised of ENVPL100, ENVPL200, ENVPL201, and 15 points from ENVPL300, ENVPL301, ENVPL302 and ENVPL303.

To complete the Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP), students must complete the compulsory papers listed in the regulations for the degree as well as the requirements of a stream.

To complete the requirements of the BEP student must complete:

15 points from ARTSC101, ARTSC102, ARTSC103, ARTSC105, or ENSLA103

30 points from BIOEB102, EARTH101, EARTH102, ECONS101, ECONS102, ENVSC101, GEOGY103, POLSC102 or MAORI111

and all of the following:

Level 100: ENVPL100, ENVPL101, MAORI102

Level 200: ENVPL200, ENVPL201, ENVPL202, GEOGY209, GEOGY219

Level 300: ENVPL300, ENVPL301, ENVPL302, ENVPL303, ENVPL304

Level 400: ENVPL401, ENVPL402, ENVPL403, ENVPL404, ENVPL490

The requirements for the three streams are:

Science and the Environment: 30 points from BIOEB102, EARTH101, EARTH102, ENVSC101; and ENVSC201; and 30 points from BIOEB202, EARTH221, EARTH231, EARTH241; and SCIEN300; and 30 points from BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305, EARTH322, EARTH331, EARTH341 and EARTH342.

Society and the Environment: 30 points from ECONS101, ECONS102, GEOGY101, GEOGY103, POLSC102, SOCIO101, SOCPY100; and POPST201; and 30 points from ECONS200, ECONS202/301, ECONS204/307, PHILO217, POLSC211, POLCY212, SOCPY200; and one of POPST302 or GEOGY301; and 30 points from ANTHY325, ECONS301, ECONS307, ECONS303, GEOGY301, GEOGY309, GEOGY323, GEOGY328, POLSC327, POLSC318, SOCPY300 and SOCPY301.

Te Ara Taiao: Maori and the Environment: 30 points from MAORI111, MAORI112, MAORI150; and POPST201; and 30 points from MAORI202, MAORI203, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI250; and one of POPST302 or GEOGY301; and 30 points from ANTHY325, MAORI302, MAORI303, MAORI304, MAORI311, MAORI312, MAORI350.


Note: The Bachelor of Environmental Planning is an accredited degree, but the Environmental Planning major in the BSocSc is not an accredited programme.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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