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Diploma in Arts (Planning Studies)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Nov 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Planning Studies for your Diploma in Arts at Massey

A Diploma in Arts (Planning Studies) will help you make sense of the changing world. You’ll be able to participate in design solutions that are innovative, feasible, democratic and sustainable.

Shape the way we live, work and play

Planning studies is focused on improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, communities and society. Planners design for the future by improving human prospects in the face of rapid economic, environmental, political and technological changes. With this diploma, you’ll be introduced to situations common to planners. You’ll learn how to reconcile conflicting interests by finding common ground, create innovative options and implement solutions.

Develop important career skills

Massey’s Diploma in Arts in planning studies has a strong focus on creating sustainable and resilient communities. You’ll learn about both urban and natural resource planning. You’ll also develop interpersonal, communication, ethical and conflict-resolution skills. These are essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities and backgrounds.

Learn from the experts

Our lecturers have extensive knowledge of planning in local and central government as well as in the private sector. They also teach Massey’s Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning, which has maintained accreditation with the New Zealand Planning Institute for more than 35 years.

Planning information

Full-time study comprises eight 15-credit courses for a total of 120 credits in one year. We recommend you aim for 60 credits per semester.

Regardless of whether you complete the diploma with or without an endorsement, if you later proceed to the Bachelor of Arts degree, all of the courses in your Diploma in Arts can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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