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Master of Water Science and Management

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


University of Canterbury


The Master of Water Science Management (MWSM) degree is offered in joint partnership between UC and Te Whare W?naka o Aoraki | Lincoln University, through the Waterways Centre.

This programme prepares you for a professional career in water science and management where you can make a difference in how water is studied, managed, and perceived.

The MWSM is specifically designed to give you practical experience working with industry stakeholders to manage water governance and catchment projects. The Waterways Centre also offers a two-year Master of Science in Water Science Management involving a research thesis designed to build your theoretical and technical skills in water systems.

What will my study involve?

Learn professional skills in managing water resources, projects, and stakeholders with courses designed to help you meet contemporary industry needs.
Explore Aotearoa's unique history and culture with wai and sustainable efforts across the Pacific.
Project or internship where you will work directly with communities, mana whenua, and organisations that are part of the water science and management industry. Your project may also help provide answers to gaps in what we understand about water science and management currently.
Benefit from teaching and research conducted by Waterways Centre.

Further study:

If you complete the MWSM (or all of the courses except the internship/project) with at least a B+ grade average, you may choose to go onto the Master of Science in Water Science and Management and complete an additional thesis year.

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Water Resource Management.


The Master of Water Science and Management will prepare you for professional roles in the water sector, handling one of our most precious resources in the world.

With its emphasis on water science and catchment management, you would be prepared for roles in local and regional government, consultancies, non-profit organisations, land management, and entities working in this fast growing sector.

Entry criteria

For entry to the MWSM you will need a bachelor's degree relevant to Water Science and Management, with at least a B Grade Point Average from your final year (or other approved qualifications of an equivalent standard).

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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