Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning programme you must qualify for undergraduate admission, either through Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations, NCEA Level 3, New Zealand University Entrance, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Adult Admission. Please visit http://enrol.massey.ac.nz for details.

Students can enrol in the BRP with any background. It is not necessary to have done any particular subjects at secondary school prior to enrolling in the BRP. Working as a planner will involve a wide range of skills and knowledge from many 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 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 course.

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

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

You may be eligible for cross credit from a complete or incomplete programme of study from other approved tertiary institutes.

How do I apply for Cross-credit/Credit?

An Application for credit/cross credit towards a Massey University Qualification form can be downloaded from the website at http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/home.cfm and type Credit Application Form in the search criteria box.

The credit/cross-credit application should be made early, particularly for non-Massey University qualifications. This will allow your application to be considered and approved credits to be entered on your academic record which will make the enrolment process easier for you.

Transition

All students who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning prior to 1 January 2014, and who have passed at least 120 credits, may complete under the regulations in the 2013 Massey University Calendar until the end of the 2017 academic year, unless they choose to transfer to the 2014 regulations.

In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part 1 regulations for the degree, candidates who have completed at least 15 credits towards the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning prior to 1 January 2017 may be permitted to substitute a course or courses already completed for one or more of the following courses: 115.113, 115.114, 115.115, 115.211.

These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2021.

Students who need more information about how the changes affect them should talk to our student advice staff at courseadvice@massey.ac.nz or 0800 MASSEY (0800-627739).

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning takes four years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.

The programme is made up of 20 compulsory courses (Schedule A), eight courses making up a minor subject (Schedule B), two courses from planning related disciplines (Schedule C) and one elective course - the diagram below shows how your course might look.

A further aspect of the degree is practical experience, which you gain through fieldwork, workshops, studio work, case studies and interaction with current practitioners.

If you achieve high enough grades in the compulsory second, third and fourth year Planning courses, you may be awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with a class of Honours.
Minors are available in: Agriculture, Ecology, Economics, Geography, Management, Maori Studies, Property Management, Soil/Earth Science

Delivery

Most courses for the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning are available internally at the Manawatu Campus located in Palmerston North.

Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning structure

Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning shall follow a programme of study divided into four parts, which shall consist of courses totaling at least 480 credits, comprising:

  • 315 credits in core planning courses (Schedule A)
  • 120 credits for a minor subject including 90 credits above 100-level of which at least 45 credits must be above 200-level (Schedule B)
  • 30 credits of planning related courses (Schedule C) during part I of the degree
  • 15 credits from elective courses offered by other Bachelor Degrees
  • Normally, to progress from one year's courses to the next, you must first pass all the earlier planning courses
  • Restricted passes (R passes) are limited to 45 credits for this degree. You cannot use a restricted pass as a prerequisite for another course. You are not permitted restricted passes in the core courses of the degree

A typical pattern for a BRP degree

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4

Introduction to Professional Planning
132.101
(15 credits)

Professional Practice I
132.212
(15 credits)
Tuhono Taio: Maori and Planning
132.304
(15 credits)
Planning Project
132.403
(30 credits)
Introduction to Planning Analytics
132.102
(15 credits)
Policy Analysis
and Evaluation
132.213
(15 credits)
Natural Resource Policy and Planning
132.305
(15 credits)
Professional Practice II
132.412
(15 credits)
Planning and the Environment
132.111
(15 credits)
Planning Hazard-
Resilient Communities
132.217
(15 credits)
Planning Theory
132.311
(15 credits)
urban Planning and Design
132.414
(15 credits)

Planning for Sustainable Development
132.112
(15 credits)

Building Collaborative
Communities
132.218
(15 credits)
Environmental and Planning Law
132.312
(15 credits)
Environmental Planning
132.415
(15 credits)
Schedule C Course
(15 credits)
Te Kawenata o Waitangi:
The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society
150.201
(15 credits)
Advanced Planning Techniques
132.313
(15 credits)
Professional Practice Studio
132.419
(15 credits)
Schedule C Course
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Transport and Urban Planning
132.314
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor Subject)
(15 credits)
Elective course
(15 credits)
Schedule B Course
(Minor subject)
(15 credits)
 

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Courses

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the “Regulation” tab. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected. If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search tab.


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

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