Postgraduate study in Environmental Science
What can you study in Environmental Science?
Postgraduate study in Environmental Science focuses on a scientific approach to environmental problem solving in natural and managed environments.
Areas of research interests open to exploration include:
- Applied Estuarine Ecology
- Modelling of Environmental Systems
- Environmental Data Analysis
- Assessing Environmental Effects
- Air Quality and Atmospheric Processes
- Environmental pollutants
- Aquatic Ecological Assessment
- Biodiversity Management and Conservation
- Restoration and Landscape Ecology
- Applied Terrestrial Ecology
- Water and Society
Structuring your postgraduate programme in Environmental Science
Master of Environmental Science - 180 point Masters
See our Master of Environmental Science page for information about how to structure the 180-point Taught Masters or 180-point Research Masters.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Environmental Science
Environmental Science Prerequisite: A Science subject approved by the Academic Head or nominee.
At least 60 points from:
- ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science
- ENVSCI 702 Applied Estuarine Ecology
- ENVSCI 703 Research Topics in Environmental Science
- ENVSCI 704 Modelling of Environmental Systems
- ENVSCI 705 Handling Environmental Data
- ENVSCI 706 Special Topic
- ENVSCI 707 Directed Study in Environmental Science
- ENVSCI 713 Air Quality and Atmospheric Processes
- ENVSCI 714 Environmental Pollution
- ENVSCI 716 Aquatic Ecological Assessment
- ENVSCI 733 Biodiversity Management and Conservation
- ENVSCI 734 Restoration and Landscape Ecology
- ENVSCI 737 Applied Terrestrial Ecology
- ENVSCI 738 Water and Society
Up to a further 45 points from:
- EARTHSCI 705 Geohazards
- EARTHSCI 720 Geochemistry of our World
- GEOG 730 Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
- GEOG 745 Applied Fluvial Geomorphology
- GEOG 746 Applied Coastal Geomorphology
- GEOG 748 Current Issues in Coastal Management
- GEOG 749 Climate and Society
- GEOG 770 Engineering Geological Mapping
- GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation
- ENVMGT 742 Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
- ENVMGT 744 Resource Management
- MARINE 703 Marine Protected Areas or other approved 700 level courses
Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science 120-point research masters
Prior to applying to the 120-point MSc in Environmental Science you are required to have completed ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science.
Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science 240-point research masters
- The 240-point MSc in Environmental Science is equivalent to a PGDip + 120-point Research masters (see above for the requirements).
Where can postgraduate study in Environmental Science take you?
Our graduates can be found in government, consultancy, environmental and community organisations, industry and education. Jobs related to Environmental Science include:
- Environmental consultant
- Environmental education officer
- Local government field officers
- Iwi liaison
- Laboratory technicians
- Marine biologist
- Sustainability consultant
- Waste management officer
Scholarships and awards
Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.
Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.
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