Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Master of Planning
Qualification Type Masters Degree
Level 9
Credits 240
Subject Area
  • Architecture and Building » Architecture and Urban Environment » Urban Design and Regional Planning
Strategic Purpose Statement
MPlan graduates will demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of the practical and theoretical underpinnings of this discipline and will be able to engage in research and debate on current issues in planning. Graduates with upper level honours degrees would meet the requirements for advancing to a doctoral programme. The Master of Planning Degree will meet the New Zealand Planning Institute's accreditation requirements and its graduates will be eligible for graduate membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute. The two year masters is consistent with similar offerings at Otago, Massey and Auckland Universities and it reflects this industry's needs for a coherency in advanced level professional skills and knowledge in planning practice, methods and theories, able to be applied in a wide variety of situations and different levels of governance. This supports an employment pathway into the field of urban, regional and environmental planning. Evaluation and application of policy and planning theory are, to some extent, generic skills that are required in most management positions and the degree provides the ability to move beyond the specifically planning field. Contribution to community: It is worth noting that New Zealand's policy and planning framework has changed as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes and that Lincoln University is uniquely suited to make meaningful contributions to the wider community's on-going recovery effort and scholarship around that.
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Entry Requirements
Entry is by completion of an undergraduate degree relevant to planning with a B average at 300 level.
Education Organisation Lincoln University
Developed By Lincoln University
Quality Assured By Committee on University Academic Programmes
Number LI7580
Status Current
Created January 2015
Content
MPlan is a 240 credit by coursework conversion degree spread over two years of fulltime study. 160 credits are from required courses or scheduled electives and a 40 credit dissertation is also required. The remaining 40 credits can be chosen from any 600 level course relevant to planning, subject to the approval of the programme convenor. Students will progress through ERST 604 Advanced Urban, Regional and Resource Planning and ERST 630 Environmental Policy and Planning where they will acquire the planning and policy theory and be exposed to real world examples as a base to their studies. In the second semester the focus is much more on applied planning - practice, ethics, methods - with a particular focus on New Zealand and issues relevant to Canterbury (Resource Management Act plan changes, resource consents, Local Government Act by-laws, consultation and public engagement processes in PLAN 601 and LWST 602). This second semester includes a significant group component in PLAN 601 that is intended to establish a foundation for the much more advanced ERST635 (Group Case Study) in the A semester of the second year. PLAN 601 also will operate in a studio type format with the undergraduate SOCI 314, enabling a role modelling of higher level learning to be transferred to the undergraduates and providing the critical mass for larger projects. In both first and second semesters, students will also do an elective from a short schedule that enables them to gain knowledge of Maori planning and develop planning knowledge in an area of particular interest (e.g., landscape or water planning). In the second year of study students will complete a capstone group case study project (ERST 635), and apply their knowledge and skills to environmental impact assessment (ERST621) and demonstrate their ability to undertake independent research through a 60 credit dissertation. They will also be able to take two electives.

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