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Master of Environmental Science - MEnvSc

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


Kelburn Campus


The state of the planet is one of the biggest issues facing humankind today. Gain the knowledge and experience to become a skilled environmental scientist.

Resolve environmental issues

Risks posed by climate change, sea level rise, and stresses on our natural resources highlight the need for environmental scientists and advisers.

Environmental Science is about understanding how humans connect with and change the natural environment, and is taught through a range of scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics, and physics.

Learn to assess environmental problems and protect and preserve our natural taonga through your choice of a postgraduate programme in Environmental Science.

Manage human impact

Many of New Zealand’s primary industries have an undeniable impact on the environment—agriculture, mining, forestry and fisheries all leave their mark on the planet we live on. Introduced predators pose threats to native wildlife and ecosystems.

As a Master of Environmental Science student you’ll spend time on the ground, doing fieldwork like monitoring the quality of waterways, soil or air. Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques that can help mitigate the human impact on the environment. And learn to analyse complex data sets, draw conclusions, and communicate scientific results to effect policy and regulatory change.

Programme requirements

For this subject you'll need to:

Complete 180 points

Include the following courses in Part 1:

  • Advanced Topic in Environmental Science (ENSC 401)
  • Perspectives in Environmental Science in Aotearoa New Zealand (ENSC 402)
  • Environmental Science Research Essay (ENSC 485)

Further approved courses worth 60 points from the following:

  • BIOL 401-431
  • Physical Basis of Climate Change (CCSP 401)
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (CCSP 402)
  • CHEM 421-423
  • ENSC 410-421
  • Environmental Management (ENVI 520)
  • ESCI 403-416
  • GPHS 441-448
  • PHYG 413-423
  • PHYS 415-447
  • STAT 431-452

Include Environmental Science Research Project (ENSC 510) or Environmental Science Placement and Project (ENSC 511) in Part 2

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

A Bachelor’s degree with at least a B average in a relevant subject such as environmental science, earth science, chemistry, biology, physics or mathematics

To be accepted by the head of school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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