Master of Planning

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus or Online

Communities in both urban and rural contexts are facing a range of environmental, economic and social pressures. These have increased the demand for qualified planning professionals with excellent problem-solving skills.

Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Part time study options may be available. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

This degree is accredited with the New Zealand Planning Institute, which enhances your career prospects in Aotearoa-New Zealand and internationally.

Lincoln University’s Master of Planning significantly deepens the skills needed to join an exciting, future-oriented profession working in the fields of urban, regional and environmental planning. You’ll also expand your understanding of the contexts and implications of planning through a Māori perspective and how an indigenous context influences your approach. There is also the option to specialise in water, energy, landscape, transport, resilience or international development.

Visit What Is Planning to watch a short video about the planning profession.

How you’ll grow

  • By building advanced knowledge of urban, rural, regional and environmental planning concepts
  • Through weaving planning theory and practice into application across a wide range of situations with different levels of governance
  • Through developing your ability to engage in debate and research on current planning issues and challenges
  • By becoming a graduate member of the New Zealand Planning institute (NZPI).

Career opportunities

With Lincoln University’s Master of Planning, you’ll be in demand as an Urban / Regional Planner among city and district councils, government departments, iwi organisations, private consulting firms, NGOs, universities and the private sector. Other specialist roles include Catchment Management Planner, Policy Analyst / Planner, Recreation Planner or Resource Consent Planner, including progression to senior managerial positions.

Programme information

Programme Structure

This is a Taught Master’s programme consisting primarily of course work and does not require a thesis. However, a research dissertation equivalent to two courses is required and is usually undertaken concurrently with other courses and spread over two semesters in the second year of study.

On-campus study

You’ll complete seven compulsory courses, a dissertation at 600-level, a Māori core course from List A, a speciality core course from List B, and your choice of any 600-level Master’s Degree courses offered across the University.

Online study

You’ll complete eight compulsory courses, a dissertation at 600-level, a speciality core course, and your choice of any 600-level Master’s Degree courses offered across the University. For more information regarding online study with Lincoln University, please head to our online study page.


Elective course

Choose one 600-level online Master’s Degree course to create a total of 10 courses plus one two-semester dissertation from those listed below in addition to the online 600-levels already listed in the options given above.

BICH634 , BMGT618, COMM601, COMM602, COMM603, COMM604, COMM605, COMM606, ECON615, ERST620, ERST631, ERST633, FOOD607, MICR604, MKTG608, MKTG672, MKTG681, TOUR603, TOUR604, WINE601, WINE602, WINE604, WINE698.


A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts


Dyanna Jolly

Senior Lecturer

Master Of Planning

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