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Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


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Develop an advanced-level appreciation and understanding of the relationships and interactions between economy, society and ecology.

Lincoln University’s Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies cultivates your advanced understanding and ability to contribute within the fluid and evolving relationships that influence environmental decision-making. These include exploring the economic, ecological and social dimensions. The study and interpretation of environmental issues is a fast-growing area of interest in New Zealand and overseas. There are increasing numbers of Career opportunities in the private sector, as well as with both local and central government.

Programme Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Resource Studies normally requires one year of full-time study. You require 120 credits with a minimum of 75 credits at 300 level. The remaining credits, including no more than 15 at 100 level, may be chosen from the Schedule of Courses.

We recommend courses from the Bachelor of Environmental Management for electives. A course advisor will help to ensure that your course choices form a coherent study programme.

Choose a minimum of four of the following courses:

Semester 1

  • BMGT 301 - Business and Sustainability
  • ERST 340 - Environmental Planning
  • LWST 302 - Resource Management Law

Semester 2

  • SOCI 314 - Professional Practice
  • ERST 302 - Environmental Policy
  • MAST 319 - Te Kaitiakitaka (Maori Environmental Management)

Entry criteria

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution in New Zealand.
  • Or an equivalent educational achievement or level.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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