Environmental Science is offered at a postgraduate level to enable students with strong disciplinary skills to gain the tools required to become environmental scientists. If studying full time, a Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) can normally be completed in one year, a Master of Science (MSc) in one year, and a PhD progamme can be completed in three to four years. A PGDipSci comprises entirely coursework, whereas an MSc is a one year research thesis.
At postgraduate level, Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary, applied scientific study of natural and managed environments. The application of your existing science skills and the scientific approach to environmental problem solving is emphasised. The central philosophy is that environmental science provides the knowledge to enable society to sustainably manage the environment, through education and research.
The programme includes aspects of environmental effects assessment and monitoring, water quality, air quality, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, environment restoration, sustainable management of ecosystems, rare species management, biodiversity monitoring, pest invasions and risk assessment.
The postgraduate programme in Environmental Science is well established, and well recognised by employers. It has been running for more than ten years, with over 400 graduates. In a recent survey of past graduates, all of those we were able to contact over ninety percent were working in the environmental sector. The complementary programme in Environmental Management enables Environmental Science students to interact with and explore a greater diversity of environmental expertise, including Law, Economics, Environmental Planning, Policy, Resource Management and Community Conservation approaches.
Some courses are delivered as a learning module, which is four days of lectures, often followed by a self directed research project, to allow attendance by people in full time jobs and those from out of Auckland.
Find out more about studying Environmental Science at postgraduate level
To find out more about admission and enrolment, careers, academic advisers and other postgraduate study options offered by the School of Environment visit either of the sections below.