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A postgraduate qualification from the University of Waikato will set you up for where the world is going. We are dedicated to postgraduate education and offer honours and masters degrees, along with graduate and postgraduate diplomas, and certificates in most subjects. We also have a thriving research programme.



Postgraduate study options

Postgraduate coursework

Looking to fast track your career, change direction or improve your employability? Our postgraduate coursework degrees will help you achieve your goals and make you stand out in the workplace. The University of Waikato understands the need for a balance between work and study. Therefore, we endeavour to offer flexible study options.

Postgraduate research

If you are interested in undertaking research, the University of Waikato can support you by offering leading research facilities and supervision under some of New Zealand's leading researchers.

You can be assured you are in good hands with a University that ranks in the top 2% of universities in the world. All new international PhD students, studying full-time, may also be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees.

Please contact you Faculty of interest if you have any questions or want advice regarding postgraduate study. If you already have a good idea of what you might want to study, then you can Apply to Enrol online.

Download a copy of our Postgraduate Study Guide.

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Postgraduate profiles

Monica Peters - Citizen Scientist

Monica Peters

University of Waikato PhD candidate

University of Waikato PhD candidate Monica Peters is harnessing the power of citizens to make discoveries in science.

Monica's research is inspired by volunteer community groups throughout New Zealand that are carrying out environmental restoration in degraded landscapes such as gullies, lakes, wetlands and forests. She is exploring whether their "citizen science" monitoring data can be integrated with "professional science" data to build a more complete picture of environmental health.

Science provides a set of tools for objectively measuring changes, and groups' use of these tools has been a long-term interest of Monica's, along with how to communicate science to non-scientists.

Water quality monitoring

According to Monica, in the US there is a long history of water quality monitoring being carried out by community groups. Dedicated volunteers collect data which scientists then analyse on behalf of research managers.

"In New Zealand, water quality monitoring is largely the domain of scientists. What can we learn from these successful volunteer programmes in the US that could be applied to New Zealand? Community volunteer involvement represents a whole spectrum of data collection and observation that otherwise wouldn't be done."

At Waikato, Monica is supervised by Professor David Hamilton and Dr Chris Eames from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Originally from Auckland, Monica has a Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Master of Science in Ecology from Otago University, a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Southampton, UK, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT.

She has travelled and worked in other countries, including 18 months spent in Mongolia working for aid organisations where she wrote two books on the flora, fauna and conservation challenges of the Gobi Desert.

Fulbright award

In 2014, Monica won a $3000 Fulbright New Zealand Travel Award to attend the 34th International North American Lake Management Society Symposium in Tampa, Florida to present her research into citizen science and water quality monitoring in New Zealand.

Three Minute Thesis winner

In 2013, Monica was the winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, winning $3000 and securing a spot in the Trans-Tasman 3MT in Perth.


Lora Vailoleti - Master of Management Studies

Lora Vailoleti

Internship with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

As a Kiwi with Tongan ancestry, Lora Vaioleti has a very real interest in how climatic changes might affect the islands of the South Pacific.

By studying towards a Master of Management Studies degree, focusing on management and sustainability, Lora was able to research how Pacific nations could adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.

Recognised internationally

Her work at the University of Waikato was noticed internationally, and led to a Fullbright Scholarship.

Lora Vaioleti is now in New York City working with a global partnership dedicated to helping island leaders work together on climate change, conservation and progress towards a sustainable future.

Making a difference

She has secured an internship with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and will be assisting three major projects, including sourcing funding assistance for Micronesian island groups, planning for the International Year of the Small Island Developing States in 2014 and helping to define GLISPA's role in a planned world-wide voyage of traditional Polynesian vaka,the Hōkūle'a, being organised by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

"This voyage will be a bold statement and a valuable source of inspiration for students and their communities to respect and care for the ocean, the environment and the deep cultural connections to these," she says.

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