Urban Planning (undergraduate)


Planners are excited by the possibilities of the world around them. They can be found in any organisation that deals with the ever-changing issues that affect urban and rural landscapes and communities. Planners work to shape the future of our cities and natural environment by creating places for people that are vibrant, sustainable and beneficial for all who use them.

Areas of study

Topics covered include urban design, law, housing issues, visual and spatial literacy, urban environment issues and infrastructure provision. The substantial educational base you’ll gain will help to give you a competitive edge when pursuing your career. There is an extraordinarily wide range of careers available to planners, both in New Zealand and overseas.

You can study Urban Planning (undergraduate) in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Studying urban planning gives you the toolkit of knowledge, methods and skills you will need when working as a professional planner in New Zealand. The practical experience built into the degree is a great foundation for your future career. You will be qualified to become a member of our internationally-recognised, professional accredited body for planners - the New Zealand Planning Institute.

Career opportunities

Qualified planners often work for central, regional or local government. Planning jobs are also found within planning consultancies, iwi organisations, private companies and the volunteer sector. Areas of specialty are equally varied, encompassing urban design and development, transport, art, heritage, resource management, recreation and sport, to name a few.

More information

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