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.

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.

120 points:

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.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre. 

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20|
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020