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Postgraduate Diploma in Planning

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Shape the places where we live, work and play

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Planning will give you essential planning skills for a great career.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Planning will give you perspectives on both the natural and urban environment, making you a well-rounded professional capable of working anywhere. The programme has a strong emphasis on developing critical skills that will ensure you can respond to the rapid change in our political, urban and resource environments. The knowledge and skills you develop will help future-proof your career.

Take your study to the next level

The ultimate goal for many students is the internationally recognised professional qualification, the Master of Resource and Environmental Planning. The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning provides a pathway towards this qualification.

Flexible learning

You can study in block mode and by distance learning using Massey’s online learning platform. You can complete your studies while still working, which can reduce the financial strain of making a career change.

A good fit if you:

  • Are keen to change career while still in the workplace
  • Want to develop critical planning skills and knowledge
  • Are interested in progressing to the Master of Resource and Environmental Planning


With a Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, you could work in fields as diverse as planning, policy making, economic development, nature conservation or international development. You’ll be able to apply your training locally or overseas in a variety of professional and applied environments such as:

  • Private consulting firms
  • Regional councils
  • Environmental and other non-governmental organisations
  • City/district councils
  • Central government (eg Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, New Zealand Transport Agency)
  • International humanitarian and aid organisations

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