Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning – BRP

Massey University

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Program Overview

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.


AucklandNew Zealand

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 41,189


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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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

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.

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.

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 (e.g, 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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