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MSc(Tech) - Earth Sciences as a main subject

The Master of Science (Technology) is a unique degree that allows students to complete a relevant, real-world research project in combination with an industry partner or other external stakeholder.

The demand for experts in Earth Sciences continues to grow as we look to better manage our soil, water, minerals, energy and coastal and marine resources, as well as understand natural hazards  such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and volcanic eruptions.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,835 - $8,797 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,545 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Coastal Engineer
  • Coastal Resource Manager
  • Engineering Geologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Soil Conservator
  • Volcanologist
  • Water Resource Manager
  • Hazard Manager

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Prescriptions for the PGCert(EarthSc), PGDip(EarthSc), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Res) and MSc(Tech)

Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Normally, only 30 points from ENVSC coded paper may be taken as part of an Earth Sciences graduate qualification. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Graduate Convenor. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Convenor.

To complete a BSc(Hons) in Earth Sciences, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Earth Sciences, of which at least 30 points must be of research (normally ERTH591).

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
EARTH501Volcanic Techniques and Applications15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper investigates geological techniques used to reconstruct eruption processes and histories, and their application to society, including volcanic facies analysis, tephra studies (tephrochronology), volcanic glass and mineral studies, juvenile and lithic studies, and volcanic hazards.
EARTH502Land and Soil: Resources and Risks15.022A (Hamilton)
In this paper students initially gain practical experience in large-scale soil mapping and in evaluating land-use capability (LUC) on a research farm. They then examine various issues associated with land use, especially its intensification, including the management of farm dairy effluent, soil degradation, and soil contamination. ...
EARTH503Coastal Processes: Analysis and Prediction15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper considers techniques to predict coastal processes for management and research, including assessment of which processes to observe, how to obtain and analyse data, and using results for prediction.
EARTH504Geohazard Risk15.022B (Hamilton)
This seminar paper evaluates the methodologies used to characterise risk associated with geohazards, and assesses the impact of strategies employed to avoid or mitigate this risk.
EARTH505Fluvial Sedimentary Processes and Deposits15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper investigates the processes that control the evolution of the geomorphology and associated sedimentary deposits of rivers over timescales of storm events to millennia.
EARTH506Sedimentary Geology15.022A (Hamilton)
A paper examining the application of sedimentary geological and geophysical principles, and models of Earth materials, to the exploration and analysis of sedimentary basins in New Zealand.
EARTH508Rock Slope Stability15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper considers rock mechanics within Engineering Geology, including: strength of intact rocks and rock joints; engineering hazards; slope stability modelling; and an applied site investigation project.
EARTH509Coastal Sedimentation and Management15.0No occurrences
This paper addresses modern contentious coastal issues involving sedimentation and sedimentary processes within a range of coastal environments. Both fundamental and applied contexts are examined using case studies.
EARTH592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EARTH593Earth Sciences Thesis90.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EARTH594Earth Sciences Thesis120.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENVSC503Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Land15.022A (Hamilton)
Processes and factors controlling exchanges of water, carbon and greenhouse gases in natural or managed ecosystems, methodologies to quantify them, and approaches to mitigate undesirable anthropogenic consequences.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing15.022B (Hamilton)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior computing knowledge.
SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis90.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis120.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Broad Memorial Fund  Not currently accepting applications

For students who are enrolled in the thesis year of a MSc, MSc(Research), MPhil or PhD qualification in Earth Sciences. The value of the scholarship will vary.

Terry Healy Memorial Award  Accepting applications

For students who are currently enrolled part- or full-time in a masters or doctoral degree in an Earth Sciences subject and have not previously received the Award. Preference will be given to students involved in marine sciences, but applications will be considered for all areas appropriate to the current research activities of the Earth Sciences subject in the School of Science.
Closing Date: 31 Oct 2021

University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship  Accepting applications

For students intending to enrol full-time in a 500-level thesis of 90-points or more as part of their first master's degree. International students must have completed at least 120-points of study at a New Zealand university in order to be eligible for this Scholarship.
Closing Date: 31 Oct 2021

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