Resource and environmental planning

Resource and environmental planning deals with the natural and human dimensions of the world around us. Planning is a creative, interdisciplinary process, focussed on people and the places where we live, work and play.

Planners are interested in questions like: what can we do to conserve biodiversity and our natural heritage, how can we make our businesses and the economy more prosperous, and how can we secure a better future for the poor?

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Planning at Massey is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

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Massey's Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning meets the accreditation standards of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI), the professional body for planners that is also recognised by planning institutes overseas.

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100- to 400-level courses


132.101 Introduction to Professional Planning
132.106 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
132.111 Planning and the Environment
132.112 Planning for Sustainable Development


132.212 Professional Practice I
132.213 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
132.217 Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities
132.218 Building Collaborative Communities
132.221 Planning Studies
150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society


132.304 Tuhono Taiao:  Maori and Planning 
132.305 Natural Resource Policy and Planning
132.311 Planning Theory
132.312 Environmental and Planning Law
132.313 Advanced Planning Techniques
132.314 Transport and Urban Planning


132.403 Planning Project
132.412 Professional Practice II
132.414 Urban Planning and Design
132.415 Environmental Planning
132.419 Professional Practice Studio

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700- to 900-level courses

Most 700 level courses are offered in alternate years.

700 level

132.730 Policy Analysis and Evaluation Techniques
132.731 Planning Law
132.732 Planning Theory
132.734 Urban Planning and Development
132.735 Natural Resource Planning
132.736 Professional Practice
132.738 GIS Principles and Applications
132.741 Long-Term Community Planning
132.742 Planning History: From Town Planning to Resource Management
132.751 Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities

800- to 900-level

132.815 Thesis MRP (Part I)
132.816 Thesis MRP (Part II)
132.890 Professional Inquiry in Planning (60)
132.897 Thesis MRP
132.899 Thesis MRP
132.900 PhD RP

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