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Graduate Diploma (GradDip) in Environmental Planning

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected

Summary

Studying a graduate diploma helps you develop knowledge and skills in your chosen subject area which will enable you to undertake a new career or further study.

Why study a GradDip?

Graduate diplomas are intended to provide the equivalent of a major in a subject area that is different to your first degree’s major. You may be eligible if you haven’t studied for a degree before if you can demonstrate an interest in the subject area and a satisfactory academic ability.

A graduate diploma is a more in-depth version of a graduate certificate, is studied at undergraduate level, and can be completed in the equivalent of one year (two trimesters) of full-time study, or in some cases, extended part time study.

Candidates must gain 120 points at 100 level or above, including at least 75 points at 300 level or above, in the Graduate Diploma subjects.

Why study Environmental Planning?

During your Environmental Planning studies, we'll involve you in a variety of other academic pursuits that enable you to understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. You'll take papers in the social and natural sciences and make direct connections between human behaviour, politics and the natural environment. Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. We take frequent field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment. You'll do practical group research projects such as investigate urban regeneration of the Central Business District and study policy options to manage human impact on coastal dune systems. If you study Environmental Planning under the Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) then you will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). This means our students gain employment in their area of interest and after graduation start jobs as planners, consultants, environmental protection officers, or policy analysts, and work for companies like Fonterra and Genesis Energy. It's a vocational programme, which means you'll have the professional qualification, skills and expertise that will enable you to make a positive impact on the places you love and the places you live.

Career Opportunities

City Planner

Environmental Planner

Environmental Educator

Iwi Management Planner

Policy Analyst or Advisor

Project Manager

Researcher

Resource Consent Planner

Reserves Planner

Transport Planner

Entry criteria

The most common entry into the GradDip is to have a bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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