Master of Water Resource Management
Managing the world's precious water resources requires professionals to have multidisciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach, involving ecological, scientific, political, hydrological, 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 Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
Postgraduate students benefit from the teaching and research conducted by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a joint partnership between UC and Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki | Lincoln University.
The first year (Part I) of the Master of Water Resource Management comprises three compulsory courses, and other relevant courses from the Schedule.
In the second year (Part II) you will undertake a research thesis with external stakeholder support and interest to provide you with experience in the sector.
- Part I and II: 2 years full-time; up to 4 years part-time.
- Part II (thesis-only): 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
You will normally begin the MWaterRM in February.
- WATR401 Advanced Water Resources
- WATR402 Water Quality and Quantity Assessment
- WATR403 Water Management, Policy and Planning
Elective courses – choose at least 30 points:
- GEOG404 Resource and Environmental Management (REM) in New Zealand (30 points)
- ENVR410 Concepts and Principles of Environmental Science (15 points)
- ENVR411 Case Studies in Environmental Science (15 points)
- MAST603 Mana Kaitiaki (Māori Resource Management) ( 20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST630 Environmental Policy and Planning (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- LWST602 Advanced Resource Management and Planning Law (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST621 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST632 Economics in Environmental Policy (20 points) (Lincoln University)
Additional recommended course options (45 points) will be made available by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||120||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$7,555 - $7,961|
|2022||120||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$7,352 - $7,748|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$56,400||$49,043|
|2023||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$58,000||$50,435|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Water Resource Management.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment.
Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Phone +64 3 369 4141