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MSc(Tech) - Environmental 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 pressure on our environment is increasing as the human population grows. Environmental Sciences provide a basis for understanding environmental problems, and finding solutions to them.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
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

  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biosecurity Officer
  • Coastal Resource Manager
  • Consent Planner
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Water Resource Manager

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

To complete a postgraduate subject in Environmental Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 60 points of taught papers at 500 level, including at least 30 points with an ENVSC prefix from the papers in List A, and a maximum of 30 points from the papers in List B. They must also complete any research requirement for their degree, typically SCIEN592 (60 points), SCIEN593 (90 points) or SCIEN594 (120 points), as well as any other degree requirements. Candidates should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.

List A papers are: ENVSC501, ENVSC502, ENVSC503, ENVSC504 and ENVSC505.

List B papers are: BIOEB503, BIOEB504, BIOEB505, BIOEB506, BIOMO503, BIOMO512, CHEMY503, EARTH501, EARTH502, EARTH503, EARTH504, EARTH505, EARTH506, ENGEV544, ENGEV545, SCIEN511 and SCIEN512.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB503Terrestrial Ecology15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This paper examines fundamental ecological theory to understand patterns and processes in terrestrial ecosystems and applies these concepts to environmental issues relating to resource management, conservation, restoration, and global change.
BIOEB504Freshwater Ecology15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This paper provides a critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face, e.g., eutrophication, pollution, conservation, and utilisation and explores the research around methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
BIOEB505Coastal and Estuarine Ecology15.021X (Block) & 21X (Online)
This paper emphasises multi-disciplinary science to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. The course will cover ecological principles through to the impacts associated with human activities and their management.
BIOEB506Environmental Physiology15.021B (Hamilton)
An examination of selected topics in environmental physiology, considering how animals and plants interact with their environment and influence ecological processes in natural and managed ecosystems.
BIOMO503Microbiomes15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health.
BIOMO512Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences.
CHEMY503Analytical Methodology15.021A (Hamilton)
An advanced study of analytical methodology and instrumental techniques, this will investigate sample extraction techniques, and instrument choice for a variety of sample matrices.
EARTH501Volcanic Techniques and Applications15.021A (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 Risks15.021A (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 Prediction15.021A (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 Risk15.021B (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.
EARTH506Geological Models15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper focusses on the development and application of 2D and 3D conceptual and numerical models of Earth materials. Discussion includes data acquisition, model development, and interpretation.
ENVSC501Assessment of Environmental Change15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
This paper illustrates how environmental science is applied to understand impacts of human activities and their mitigation supporting decisions made in policy, planning, law, and business, in New Zealand and internationally.
ENVSC502Conservation and Restoration: Theory and Practice15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This paper examines the application of scientific principles and theories in conservation biology and restoration ecology, with particular reference to New Zealand examples showcasing management of species and ecosystems impacted by human activities.
ENVSC503Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Land15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
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.
ENVSC504Pollution and Environmental Contaminants15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
This paper examines the ecological effects of chemical and non-chemical pollution. Analysing online databases and the scientific literature provides practical and theoretical understanding of the impacts of pollution and methods to measure such effects.
ENVSC505Environmental Systems: Biogeosciences across Scales15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This paper examines how chemistry, geology and biology are unified for applications in environmental science, considering catchments, interfaces and the earth system in ways relevant to assessment and management.
ENVSC592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation - 60 points.
ENVSC593Environmental Sciences Thesis90.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research - 90 points.
ENVSC594Environmental Sciences Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research - 120 points.
SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN521Contemporary Research Topics in Science I15.021A (Block) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
SCIEN522Contemporary Research Topics in Science II15.021B (Block) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper provides a detailed perspective on a contemporary research topic in science. It is taught in block format, associated with the stay of a visiting researcher to the School of Science.
SCIEN589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga), 21C (Hamilton) & 21C (Tauranga)
No description available.
SCIEN592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis90.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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