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Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning


Plan a better future

With Massey’s Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning you can contribute to shaping the future of liveable cities and regions and ensuring sustainable use of resources.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Credits

  • 480
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Not all minors are available by distance learning

Massey’s Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning (BRP) is a unique degree that combines urban and natural resource planning.

A planning profession is a future-focused discipline that deals with the natural and human dimensions of the world around us. It is concerned with the diversity of our communities, productivity of our economy, and vitality of our natural systems.

You’ll study core planning courses. You’ll also take a minor in a related subject that meets your particular interests and aspirations.

Graduate with honours

If you achieve high enough grades in the compulsory second-, third- and fourth-year planning courses, you’ll graduate with honours.

Flexible study

Massey’s BRP is the first undergraduate professional planning degree in New Zealand and Australia that you can study by distance.

Build your career skills

This qualification has a strong focus on creating sustainable and resilient communities.

You’ll develop interpersonal, communication, ethical and conflict resolution skills essential for working in teams of diverse professionals. You’ll also learn the skills to interact with people from diverse cultures, communities and backgrounds. This will prepare you for a variety of roles shaping the places in which we live, work and play.

Enjoy an established environment of excellence

For 35 years, the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning has been led by our faculty of passionate staff. It has a vibrant social scene connecting current students with graduates. Massey is renowned for providing an excellent, practical planning education.



For more information on minors see the Courses and planning tab.

Māori Studies
Property Management

Careers and further study


As a graduate of the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning, you will find jobs quickly. On average you can earn around $60,000 in your first year of employment.

While rooted in the New Zealand context, the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning draws on international experience and planning approaches. You can therefore apply your training locally or overseas in a variety of professional and applied environments such as those listed below:

  • city/district councils
  • regional councils
  • central government (eg, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, New Zealand Transport Agency, Environmental Protection Authority)
  • private consulting firms and corporates (such as Fonterra)
  • environmental and other non-governmental organisations.

You can take on a variety of roles such as:

  • resource consent planners/ officers
  • urban planners
  • environmental planners
  • transport planners
  • urban designers
  • policy analysts.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated 5-star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.


Working as a planner will involve a wide range of skills and knowledge from many subject areas.

While subjects such as geography have direct links to planning, a number of other subjects may also be useful. For instance, if you have done language and communication-related courses, that will help with the consultation and writing plans that most planners get involved with. Equally, graphics will help you with the design aspects of planning and science will help you understand some of the ecological and geological aspects of planning. In other words, whatever you have done at school will help with some part of your planning degree.

The rest you will learn during the course of your BRP studies.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning

480 credits

  • Core courses – 315 credits
  • Minor courses – 120 credits
  • Electives from Schedule C – 30 credits
  • Elective – 15 credits

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two etc.

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Compulsory Planning courses

Part One

132101 Introduction to Professional Planning 15
132102 Introduction to Planning Analytics 15
132111 Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tangata: Planning and the Environment 15
132112 Planning for Sustainable Development 15

Part Two

132212 Professional Practice I 15
132213 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 15
132217 Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities 15
145202 Working With Geographic Data 15
150201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society 15

Part Three

132304 Tūhono Taiao: Foundation of Māori Planning 15
132305 Natural Resource Policy and Planning 15
132311 Planning Theory 15
132312 Environmental and Planning Law 15
132313 Advanced Planning Techniques 15
132314 Transport and Urban Planning 15

Part Four

132403 Planning Project 30
132412 Professional Practice II 15
132414 Urban Planning and Design 15
132415 Environmental Planning 15
132419 Professional Practice Studio 15

Schedule B: Minors

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Schedule C: Elective Planning courses

145111 Society, Environment and Place 15
150114 He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives 15
176101 The Sociological Imagination 15
178100 Principles of Economic Policy 15
200161 Introduction to Politics 15
219101 Media Skills 15
230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ 15
230111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry 15
230112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking 15
300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15
300111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo 15

Majors and minors

About specialisations

Your specialisation in the BRP is called a minor. Completing a minor is compulsory. The available minors are:

Ecology (120 credits)

Select from
120.101 Plant Biology 15 credits
120.303 Plant Evolution and Speciation 15 credits
121.214 Landscape and Human Ecology 15 credits
162.304 Applied and Environmental Microbiology 15 credits
188.363 Applied Environmental Management 15 credits
196.205 Ecology and Conservation 15 credits
196.313 Freshwater Ecology 15 credits
196.315 Conservation Science 15 credits
196.316 New Zealand Plant Ecology 15 credits
196.317 Community and Ecosystem Ecology 15 credits
199.103 Animals and the Environment 15 credits
199.206 The Fauna of New Zealand 15 credits
199.312 Behavioural Ecology 15 credits
199.317 Animal Biodiversity 15 credits

Economics 120 credits)

Select from
115.113 Economics of Business 15 credits
115.114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits
115.115 Management in Context 15 credits
178.200 Intermediate Macroeconomics 15 credits
178.201 Intermediate Microeconomics 15 credits
178.240 Managerial Economics 15 credits
178.242 Land Economics 15 credits
178.300 Advanced Macroeconomics 15 credits
178.301 Microeconomic Theory and Applications 15 credits
178.360 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 15 credits
178.370 Development Economics 15 credits

Geography 120 credits)

Select from
145.111 Society, Environment and Place 15 credits
145.202 Working With Geographic Data 15 credits
145.203 Geographies of Inequality 15 credits
145.213 Resource Conservation and Sustainability 15 credits
145.214 Social Change and Environment 15 credits
145.216 Urban Environments 15 credits
145.301 Research Practice in Human Geography 15 credits
121.213 Land and Water Science 15 credits
121.313 Applied River Management 15 credits
145.311 Geographies of Globalisation 15 credits
145.318 Geopolitics 15 credits
233.212 Earth Surface Processes 15 credits
233.312 Natural Hazards 15 credits
233.105 Our Dynamic Earth 15 credits

Management 120 credits)

Select from
115.114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits
115.115 Management in Context 15 credits
152.203 Business and Society 15 credits
152.232 Small Business Management 15 credits
152.250 Managing Organisations 15 credits
152.252 Project Management 15 credits
152.261 International Business 15 credits
152.304 Managing Services 15 credits
152.325 Designing and Developing Organisations 15 credits
152.333 New Venture Project 15 credits
152.336 Leadership Practice 15 credits
152.350 Strategic Management and Governance 15 credits

Māori Studies 120 credits)

Select from
150.114 He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives 15 credits
150.202 Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality 15 credits
150.204 Mana Māori: Māori and Politics 15 credits
150.213 Tikanga-ā-Iwi: Tribal Development 15 credits
150.216 He Huarahi Rangahau: Māori and Research 15 credits
150.301 Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State 15 credits
150.302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau 15 credits
150.303 Mana Wahine: Māori Women 15 credits
300.110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15 credits

Property Management 120 credits)

Select from
115.113 Economics of Business 15 credits
115.114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits
115.115 Management in Context 15 credits
127.241 Property Market Principles 15 credits
127.242 Introduction to Property Valuation 15 credits
127.341 Property Management and Development 15 credits
127.342 Applied Property Finance and Investment 15 credits
127.343 Applied Property Valuation 15 credits
155.201 Law of Property 15 credits
178.242 Land Economics 15 credits
218.102 Construction Technology and Services I 15 credits
218.201 Construction Technology and Services II 15 credits

About minors

Māori Studies
Property Management

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second, etc. There are four parts in total.

The degree involves practical experience, which you gain through fieldwork, workshops, studio work, case studies and interaction with current practitioners.

You are advised to carefully check the availability of your minor courses because they may not all be available at Manawatu / by Distance.  

The Ecology minor is available at Manawatu campus only, it is not available by distance learning.  

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.


Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Minor courses A minor is compulsory. Study a subject area from within the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning.

Elective courses Follow your interests. Your qualification may have selection guidelines for elective courses.

Year one
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Minor course
Minor course
Year two
Planning core course
Policy core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Waitangi core course
Minor course
Minor course
Minor course
Year three
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Minor course
Minor course
Year four
Planning core course
30 credits
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Planning core course
Minor course

Courses are each worth 15 credits, unless otherwise indicated

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want an accessible professional planning qualification
  • want to make your city or region a better place for future generations
  • are interested in sustainable development.

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Accreditations and rankings

New Zealand Planning Institute

Planning at Massey is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute Te Kokiringa Taumata.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships