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MEP - Environmental Planning as a main subject

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.

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: 1.0
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,748-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $35,980 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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.

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

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(EnvPlan), PGDip(EnvPlan), BSocSc(Hons) and MEP

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Planning (PGCert(EnvPlan)) students must complete 60 points at 500 level, comprising ENVPL504, ENVPL506, ENVPL507 and ENVPL510.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning (PGDip(EnvPlan) students must complete 120 points at 500 level, comprising ENVPL504, ENVPL506, ENVPL507, ENVPL508, ENVPL510 and a further 45 points from papers listed for Environmental Planning.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in Environmental Planning, may undertake an honours programme in the subject area of Resources and Environmental Planning.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons), in this subject area, students must gain 120 points at 500 level in Environmental Planning, including at least 30 points in research (ENVPL590 or ENVPL591), ENVPL510 and 75 further points at 500 level from papers listed for Environmental Planning or papers approved by the Programme Convenor for Environmental Planning.

The requirements for admission to the MEP are set out in the Faculty Graduate Handbook.

To complete an MEP, students must normally complete 120 points at 500 level or above in papers listed for Environmental Planning, including either a 60-point dissertation or a 90-point thesis or 120-point thesis. The degree includes the option of a practicum paper, which may be particularly suitable for those candidates employed in the planning profession. Students should note the prerequisite papers.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENVPL502Environmental Planning: Practicum30.021X (Hamilton)
This paper is conducted in the workplace with supervision from University staff and a workplace supervisor or mentor. The aims of the paper are to broaden the student's practical planning experience, so that they develop confidence and sound judgement as autonomous planning professionals. The paper involves regular reflection on,...
ENVPL504Plan Making15.021B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of plan development processes and develop skills relevant to plan making in professional planning practice.
ENVPL505Māori Environmental Management15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to extend student understanding of key concepts, principles and methods relevant to Maori environmental management. Students who complete this paper will be expected to show an understanding or Maori perspectives on environmental management and be aware of the diversity within the Maori world. The paper has a focu...
ENVPL506Planning Law15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of the legal context of planning relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
ENVPL507Professional Planning Skills15.021A (Hamilton)
This course develops specific professional skills required by planners and other professionals working in planning-related roles, and extends students' understanding of the multi-disciplinary context of environmental planning, including negotiation; plan interpretation and assessment skills; and developing an understanding of the r...
ENVPL508Plan and Consents15.021X (Block)
This paper is designed to provide students with skills and experience in the application of resource management plans and the resource consent process under the RMA. Students are engaged in experiential learning relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
ENVPL510Planning Theory15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper discusses the various theories that influence how we plan our world. It will cover issues such as power, justice, governance, politics, neoliberalism, marxism, gender, democracy and environmental racism.
ENVPL589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students with the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENVPL590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENVPL591Dissertation30.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENVPL592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENVPL593Environmental Planning Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENVPL594Environmental Planning Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GEOGY520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change30.021B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change such as global warming and the occurrence of so-called natural disasters. The paper establishes a platform for the critical analysis of these processes by introducing students to important theoretical developments including the role...
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems15.021X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling15.021X (Block)
This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application. This paper is required for the graduate spec...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.021A (Hamilton)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
MAORI502Sustainable Resource Issues30.021A (Online)
This paper examines contemporary issues facing natural resource management among indigenous peoples with a particular focus on the experiences of Maori and Pacific peoples.
POLSC537Environmental Politics and Public Policy30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on environmental policy making. A significant focus of the paper is on analysing and understanding the complex intersections of institutions, culture, science and technology, and systems of ...

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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.

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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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