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Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Studies

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Kelburn Campus


Deepen your understanding of the environmental issues facing New Zealand and the world. Examine subjects like climate change, the sustainability of our cities, loss of biodiversity, water quality and consumerism.

Learn how environmental problems can be addressed through better policy, planning, design and communication. Discover how human behaviour can be influenced by these things and the role that politics plays in environmental concerns. You'll graduate with a good understanding of how you can create change.

Study alongside students from around the world and find out how environmental issues are tackled in different countries and the different problems they face.


You'll graduate able to contribute to environmental practice in New Zealand or anywhere in the world. The skills you'll develop are relevant to many careers, including environmental policy, planning and management.

Many students have gone on to work in places like the Ministry for the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and regional or city councils. You might join a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a corporation, an iwi organisation or become an environmental business consultant or social entrepreneur.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 120 points

Include courses worth 120 points:

Environmental Management (ENVI 520)

Research Methods for Environmental Studies (ENVI 521)

Further courses worth 90 points from:

  • ENVI 501-511
  • ENVI 513-579

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you need:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with a B average, or extensive practical experience
  • To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

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

IELTS: 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)

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

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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