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Master of Planning

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Lincoln University
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Lincoln University's Master of Planning is a 240-credit taught Master’s in professional planning that requires two years study. The degree is designed to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and consequently has an emphasis on the New Zealand planning context. However, graduates are eligible for Graduate Membership of the NZPI, which has advantages if seeking employment in the UK, Ireland and Australia, as well as New Zealand.

This Master's degree covers urban, regional resource and environmental planning. Additionally, the degree provides flexibility to specialise in water, landscape, energy, transport, resilience, international development or indigenous and Maori planning through specified and optional electives.

Students who have completed geography, political science, English, sociology, anthropology, law, architecture, environmental management or environmental science degrees will transition relatively easily into the this degree, however graduates with a good command of written English generally should be able to readily adapt to the demands of the degree.

Staircase Your Degree

Want to begin with a smaller qualification or don't quite meet the entry requirements for a Master of Planning? Start with a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science (one semester) followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (an additional semester).

Then you can gain a Master of Planning with only one more year of course work, including a research dissertation.

Please note that successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma does not guarantee acceptance into the second year of the Master of Planning. Minimum grade restrictions apply.

Summary of Regulations

Students are required to complete 240 credits: normally 200 credits of taught courses from the Schedule of Courses for the relevant master's degree plus a dissertation worth 40 credits.

Entry criteria

A relevant degree with at least a B grade average in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.


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