Master of Environmental Planning

Improve your knowledge of planning and produce your own research when you study towards a Master of Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato. You'll build on your undergraduate and graduate qualifications in this field.

During your Master of Environmental Planning (MEP), you'll develop your knowledge and skills relating to both the theory and practical applications of planning.

Your research skills will build to an advanced level, and you'll gain a broad and in-depth understanding of knowledge relating to this specialist area. Throughout this degree, you'll refine your ability to show independent critical judgement.

Collaboration with Planning Professionals

At Waikato, you'll benefit from the service provided by a Planning Advisory Group. This Group is made up of experienced planning professionals working in the region.

During the MEP programme, you'll go to guest lectures, attend workshops and enjoy field trips where a range of professionals share their expertise. The Environmental Planning programme has enjoyed longstanding and active links with these professionals.

The teaching staff are connected with relevant networks such as the Resource Management Law Association and the New Zealand Planning Institute. Collaboration is encouraged and the MEP helps build close relations between Faculty members and employers, whether they be in environmental agencies or resource-use industries. These links help with addressing practical environmental problems.

Career Opportunities

Once you've completed your MEP, you'll be qualified to work in a range of different jobs. You may be passionate about research, and want to work in a research-focused role in either the public or private sector. Maybe you'd prefer to work for a professional planning consultancy or in a local or central government agency. You may like to work for an iwi authority or a natural resource user.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Years 1.0
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,616-$7,926 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $27,830 per year
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.


These are all the subjects available for the Master of Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning

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Graduate study options

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Environmental Planning, BSocSc(Hons) in Resources and Environmental Planning or Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning you may apply for the Master of Environmental Planning (MEP). This degree may be awarded with Distinction.

To be admitted to the MEP, you must have completed one of the following and have achieved a satisfactory grade average – normally at least B+:

  • A Bachelor of Environmental Planning
  • A Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Resources and Environmental Planning, or A Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning
  • An approved qualification, including or together with, approved graduate papers in the field of Resources and Environmental Planning and evidence of at least two years’ work experience in a relevant field.

You also need to have appropriate supervision arranged. Please consult the Environmental Planning Graduate Adviser ( for specific admission criteria.

MEP Regulations


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Graduate Support Administrator
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 837 9234

Environmental Planning Graduate Student Adviser

Degree Structure

The MEP involves one year of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. It comprises 120 points at 500 level, including either a 60-point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers , or a 90-point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers , or a 120-point thesis.

Papers offered for the MEP include:

  • ECON539 – Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ENVP501 – Environmental Planning: Practicum 1
  • ENVP502 – Environmental Planning: Practicum 2
  • ENVP503 – Legal Principles and Processes for Planners
  • ENVP504 – Strategic Spatial Planning
  • ENVP505 – Maori Environmental Management
  • ENVP508 – Plan Interpretation and Consent Processing
  • ENVP510 – Planning Theory
  • ENVP589 – Directed Study
  • ENVP590 – Directed Study
  • ENVP591 – Dissertation
  • ENVP592 – Dissertation
  • ENVP593 – Environmental Planning Thesis
  • ENVP594 – Environmental Planning Thesis
  • ENVS524 – Environmental Evaluation
  • GEOG518 – Advanced Cartographic Theory and Practice
  • GEOG520 – Human Dimensions of Environmental Change
  • GEOG538 – Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG548 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling
  • GEOG558 – Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning
  • GEOG568 – Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • POLS537 – Environmental Politics and Public Policy

MEP Regulations