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Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

4 years

Next start date

Expected

Summary

Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) is a multidisciplinary, research-led programme that prepares you for a career in planning and environmental management.

As a BEP student, you'll be taught by leading academics and industry experts who are at the forefront of the latest research and innovation in sustainable housing, water management, Maori resource management and biodiversity conservation.

Their expertise will provide you with a solid foundation in professional planning skills and a specialist degree accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). With close connections to the wider Waikato region and its wealth of natural resources, our environmental planning programme provides a core foundation and a choice of specialised streams to shape your future career.

This four-year degree is divided into three streams:

  • Science and the Environment
  • Society and the Environment
  • Te Ara Taiao: Maori and the Environment

The degree brings together papers from subjects including Environmental Planning, Biology, Economics, Maori and Indigenous studies, Public Policy, Political Science and Geography.

Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).

The BEP provides you with practical, industry experience gained across labs, workshops and field trips. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers and practical activities, and will attend industry-focused events such as resource management hearings, urban design evaluations and environmental impact assessment workshops.

Career opportunities

  • City Planner
  • Community Planner
  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Iwi Management Planner
  • Policy Analyst or Advisor
  • Private Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Resource Consent Planner

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; PBT TOEFL: Overall score of 60 with writing score of 21; C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced CAE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Proficiency Exam CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

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