Planning issues range from global concerns, such as poverty, climate change and deforestation, to national, regional and local issues including pollution, waste management, transport, employment and the delivery of social services.
Planners consider these issues from a range of scientific and social perspectives, while taking into account the particular values of different groups within the community.
Many of our students secure employment before they graduate
All our current second-year Master of Planning students have already secured planning-related jobs, well before they graduate.
Sixty percent of our graduates have secured jobs abroad.
Accreditation by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)
Our Master of Planning degree is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).
Emphasis on practical experience with planning practitioners
The curriculum comprises lectures, field work, hui, and research, with considerable emphasis on practical experience.
You can also undertake planning-related papers in a specialist area of your choice, including impact assessment, environmental management, urban design, geographic information systems, urban geography, coastal management, environmental and planning law, iwi planning, and a range of physical processes in environmental systems.
You will work on real projects with planning practitioners as part of your course. Recent field locations have included Melbourne, Christchurch, Rotorua, Alexandra, Brisbane, Wellington, Central Otago and Nelson.