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Master of Urban Planning

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected December 2022


University of Auckland


Enhance your career with in-depth exploration of planning issues in our rich research environment.

The Master of Urban Planning (MUrbPlan) encourages advanced exploration and critical analysis of a significant planning issue. Suitable for people with a New Zealand qualification in planning or urban planning, the MUrbPlan is a research-based programme in which you can investigate issues in the design, technology, history, equity and diversity, policy or practice of planning.

Programme structure

You can choose to present your research either as a thesis of approximately 35,000–40,000 words, or as a substantial research portfolio alongside advanced coursework. You can immerse yourself in our supportive research environment, engaging in discourse and debate with School staff and students engaged in similar critical analysis in the field.

Research masters

Thesis: 120 points


Research portfolio: 90 points
Elective courses: 30 points

Where could this programme take you?

An MUrbPlan will prepare you for a research career. You may choose to pursue doctoral study or academia, or contribute as a specialist in research reports, planning consultation processes and developments.

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Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

Subject to supervisor availability, a 1 December start is available. Please contact the faculty for this information.

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