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Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 4 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Plan a better future

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

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute.

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

Resource and environmental planning is a creative interdisciplinary process 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, and 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.

Study by distance

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

Massey’s BRP 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 and interacting 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, and includes a vibrant social scene connecting current students with graduates. Massey is renowned for providing an excellent, practical planning education. This programme has consistently maintained accreditation with the New Zealand Planning Institute for 35 years.

Get connected to industry

Through our professional practice courses and active engagement with local and central government and private sector employers, you’ll gain experience that is in demand locally and globally across both public and private sectors.

You will:

  • Apply your skills to real-world projects
  • Create links and network with industry practitioners
  • Engage in field and studio work, workshops, role-play and case studies
  • Have close interaction with lecturers and leading practitioners
  • Be in demand for graduate positions 

A good fit if you:

  • Want a professional planning qualification
  • Want to make your city or region a better place
  • Are interested in sustainability and the environment
  • Are creative and enjoy working with different people
John Yin
Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning

“A degree in planning equipped me with the skills and knowledge to facilitate sustainable development as cities continue to grow…”

I have always had a strong interest in the urban environment. The exponential urban expansion in recent times has presented many socioeconomic and environmental challenges. Environmental planning is an interdisciplinary field. Throughout the degree you’ll touch on a diverse range of topics from policy making to number crunching, GIS to visual design. Massey was a great place to study. My lecturers were very approachable and truly cared about their students. The class size was small therefore everyone had the opportunity to interact with the lecturers. The best part of studying at Massey University was the opportunity I had to work alongside my research supervisor on his public transport project. It allowed me to explore my interest in transport planning while gaining invaluable work experience, which may have assisted in being offered a job before I had finished my degree.

The degree opens up a wide spectrum of opportunities in resource management, policy advisory, transport management and beyond in both public and private sectors. If you’re looking to start your degree my advice is to always keep an open mind and be prepared to challenge and to be challenged by your study. There is always something different waiting ahead so if you like a bit of adventure in your study, planning might just be the perfect choice!


Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning graduates find jobs quickly, and on average earn around $50,000 in their 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. Graduates can therefore apply their 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

Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning graduates can take on a variety of roles such as:

  • Resource consent planners/ officers
  • Urban planners
  • Environmental planners
  • Transport planners
  • Urban designers
  • Policy analysts

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