Postgraduate Diploma in 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management will prepare graduates for a technical and non-research 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.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 points. This involves three compulsory 15-point courses and 30 points of electives from a specified schedule of courses. The remainder can be chosen from appropriate courses offered at UC and/or Lincoln University.
For the up-to-date Schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management.
The PGDipWaterRM takes 1 year of full-time study or 2 years part-time to complete.
- 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)
The final course options (45 points) will be made available by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.
See the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management for course requirements.
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.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in 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