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New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management - Terrestrial Strand (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology


This practical, environmental science qualification is earned amidst the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.

You'll go on awesome field trips to visit some beautiful and remote parts of the country like Fiordland, Coromandel and the Central Plateau, where you'll examine the challenges facing New Zealand's clean, green image, and look at what needs to be done to protect our world-famous environment.

If you continue on to the Level 6 diploma, you'll gain more advanced skills and knowledge with a focus on research design, environmental and ecological reporting. You’ll also choose elective papers in biosecurity or aquaculture.

By the time you graduate you’ll have gained a variety of practical and risk management skills, and if you want to gain a degree, these diplomas are your ticket into the third year of the Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Terrestrial) (Level 5)

Career opportunities

This course is designed as eligibility to the Level 6 diploma. By completing the Level 6 diploma, students gain employment in a number of exciting areas, including:

environmental education - national and international

roles within the Department of Conservation (DOC)

environmental consultancy work

environmental monitoring

resource consenting

iwi liaison

specialised research projects

environmental reporting

Topics you'll cover

The papers you'll study within this diploma include:

Conservation Biology and Sustainability

Risk Management


Terrestrial Invertebrates

Terrestrial Vertebrate Biology

Introduction to Terrestrial Science and Ecology

Introductory Biological Surveying

Plus choose one of the following:

Waste Management, or

Fisheries Management

Further Study Options

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6), Terrestrial Strand

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Majoring in Ecology and Biodiversity

Entry criteria

All international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; or evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.

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