Master of Water Resource Management
Managing the world's precious water resources requires professionals to have multidisciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach, involving scientific, political, hydrological, economic and planning skills.
The Master of Water Resource Management will prepare graduates for a professional career in water resource management. Students learn how to develop innovative and effective methods for the sustainable management of this critical resource in New Zealand and internationally.
Postgraduate students benefit from the the teaching and research conducted by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a research centre co-based at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates for the MWaterRM require a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management or a relevant bachelor's degree.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Water Resource Management or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
The first year (Part I) of the Master of Water Resource Management comprises three core courses and other relevant courses from the schedule.
In the second year (Part II) students undertake a research thesis with external stakeholder support and interest to provide them with experience in the sector.
For the up-to-date course listings, see the Regulations for the Master of Water Resource Management.
- Part I and II: two years full-time; up to four years part-time.
- Part II (thesis-only): one year full-time or two years part-time.
Students can begin their studies in February or July.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Water Resource Management.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Water Resource Management.
For study planning help contact the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management or the College of Science:
College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800