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 Aotearoa 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 UC and Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki.
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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.
Specific entry 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.
How to apply
You can enrol online at MyUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
- 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.
For the up-to-date course listings, see the Regulations for the Master of Water Resource Management.
- WATR 401 Advanced Water Resources
- WATR 402 Water Quality and Quantity Assessment
- WATR 403 Water Management, Policy and Planning
Optional courses – choose up to 30 points:
- WATR 404 Special Topic (15 points)
- GEOG 404 Resource and Environmental Management (REM) in New Zealand (30 points)
- ENVR 410 Concepts and Principles of Environmental Science (15 points)
- ENVR 411 Case Studies in Environmental Science (15 points)
- MAST 603 Mana Kaitiaki (Māori Resource Management) ( 20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST 630 Environmental Policy and Planning (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- LWST 602 Advanced Resource Management and Planning Law (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST 621 Principles of Environmental Impact Assessment (20 points) (Lincoln University)
- ERST 632 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.
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.
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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