Master of Water Science and Management
This programme prepares you for a professional career in water science and management where you can make a difference in how water is studied, managed, and perceived.
The MWSM is specifically designed to give you practical experience working with industry stakeholders to manage water governance and catchment projects. The Waterways Centre also offers a two-year Master of Science in Water Science Management involving a research thesis designed to build your theoretical and technical skills in water systems.
- Learn professional skills in managing water resources, projects, and stakeholders with courses designed to help you meet contemporary industry needs.
- Explore Aotearoa's unique history and culture with wai and sustainable efforts across the Pacific.
- Project or internship where you will work directly with communities, mana whenua, and organisations that are part of the water science and management industry. Your project may also help provide answers to gaps in what we understand about water science and management currently.
- Benefit from teaching and research conducted by Waterways Centre.
For entry to the MWSM you will need a bachelor's degree relevant to Water Science and Management, with at least a B Grade Point Average from your final year (or other approved qualifications of an equivalent standard).
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The MWSM degree is made up of 180 points, with 90 points of compulsory courses, 30 points of electives, and a 60-point project/internship.
The programme is taught by both UC and Lincoln University staff, with lectures hosted on UC's campus. Field and lab work feature throughout the degree.
Study begins in February and can be completed within 1 year full-time, or up to 3 years part-time.
- WATR405 Research and Communication Methods
- WATR409 Te Mana o te Wai
- WATR410 Catchment Systems
- WATR411 Water Governance
- WATR412 Hydrological Extremes
- WATR413 Freshwater Restoration and Recovery
Plus a 60-point project or internship:
At least 30 points of courses approved by Kaihautū | Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.
If you complete the MWSM (or all of the courses except the internship/project) with at least a B+ grade average, you may choose to go onto the Master of Science in Water Science and Management and complete an additional thesis year.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Water Resource Management.
The Master of Water Science and Management will prepare you for professional roles in the water sector, handling one of our most precious resources in the world.
With its emphasis on water science and catchment management, you would be prepared for roles in local and regional government, consultancies, non-profit organisations, land management, and entities working in this fast growing sector.
- 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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