Master of Planning

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 17 Jul 2023

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

  • Qualification

    Taught and Research Master's

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

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

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.

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, 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

You'll complete seven compulsory courses and a dissertation at 600-level.

You'll also complete one course chosen from the list below, plus 40 credits from the Master's Degree courses offered across the university. 

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

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

[email protected]

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