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Bachelor of Environmental Management

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Maybe you are passionate about climate change, local food systems or conservation, maybe you are passionate about getting a great job with the Ministry for Primary Industries, a regional Council, a renewable energy company, a local food company or an environmental consultancy company. Maybe you love camping and tramping and maybe you want to learn some useful skills like pest monitoring and water quality testing.

The impact of human activities on our planet is sadly, becoming increasingly obvious. Learn how to manage human activity and create a sustainable balance with nature. Environmental Management is an all-encompassing area which looks to find the answers to a sustainable existence.

Learn about: Renewable Energy, Sustainable food systems, Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Impact assessment, Environmental Law, Resource Management, Conservation Principles, Land, Freshwater and Marine Management, Practical training includes First Aid, river crossing, camping skills, trip planning and assessment.

Career Opportunities

The degree will prepare graduates for employment in a wide and growing number of careers in the environment and energy-related fields, or for further advanced study in specialist areas such as environmental health, or policy and planning.

Our graduates now work in positions such as: resource management planner, consents and compliance officer, pest management controller, researcher, technician, environmental monitoring, analyst, auditor, geographic information systems operator (GIS), conservation roles, farm manager, air quality monitoring, geological monitoring, ecological tourism, sustainable businesses or waste management.

More than 85% of our graduates have gone into employment or further study in these fields.

The programme will provide students with exposure to a wide range of potential employers or clients in the areas of environmental management e.g., central, regional and local government; primary production and energy related industries.

Graduates will have well-developed theoretical knowledge coupled with relevant applied skills. Bachelor of Environmental Management graduates may be eligible to articulate to postgraduate programmes in environmental management at other tertiary institutions, both within New Zealand and overseas.

Further advanced study can be completed in specialist areas such as environmental health, or policy and planning.

Satisfactory Completion

Every candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Environmental Management is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of three years. Each year of study comprises two 17 week semesters. Programmes of study for the degree are made up of clusters of papers taken at the appropriate levels as outlined in Appendix 1 of this document. The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 360 credits for successful completion of the degree. Individual papers may have specific prerequisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which must be satisfied by all students.

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Environmental Management, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the degree schedule.

The student completing the Bachelor of Environmental Management will normally be expected to complete the three-year programme (full-time equivalent) within five years. Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to University Entrance NCEA Level 3

Mature aged applicants:

Be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination -B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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