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Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


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 New Zealand and internationally.

Postgraduate students benefit from the teaching and research conducted by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a joint partnership between UC and Lincoln University.

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.

Further study

UC offers a Master of Water Resource Management and a PhD in the subject.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Entry criteria

Students will need to have either a bachelor's degree from a New Zealand university with relevance to Water Resource Management, or have evidence of their ability to undertake advanced level academic study. Alternatively, students can apply based on significant professional practise in the field.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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