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:

  • Air quality and atmospheric processes
  • Application of computer modelling to environmental problems
  • Applied Estuarine Ecology
  • Applied Terrestrial Ecology
  • Assessment of ecological change
  • Aquatic Ecological Assessment
  • Biodiversity Management and Conservation
  • Conservation project management techniques
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Rare species management
  • Restoration and Landscape Ecology
  • Waste minimisation
  • Water quality science
  • Site restoration methods
  • Sustainable management of ecosystems

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Environmental Science

Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science 120-point research masters

120 points:

Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science 240-point research masters

30 points from:

At least 60 points from:

120 points:

And a further 30 points from 700 level courses in a related subject:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Environmental Science

30 points from:

At least 60 points from:

30 points from 700 level courses in a related subject:


Prior to applying to the 120-point or 240-point MSc in Environmental Science you are required to have completed ENVSCI 701 Research Practice 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.


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take:

  • Postgraduate Environmental Science courses

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

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.