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Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


This degree will give you skills and the practical learning you will need to address the pressing environmental issues we face — in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

Various disciplines of science intersect in this programme to create a layered understanding of complex sustainability challenges we face — for example in freshwater resources, marine contamination, coastal erosion, biosecurity, natural disasters, and climate change. You will assess impacts resulting from disasters, ecological change, and human activity.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours is accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) to deliver environmental practitioners for roles in industry, government, education and research, and the community.

This degree combines mātauranga Maori and scientific knowledge to broaden your understanding and approach to environmental issues, using Ki Uta ki Tai | From the Mountains to the Sea — the full journey and interconnectedness of the natural world.
Lab and field-based learning, with 400 hours of work experience.
Courses cover a variety of subjects to customise your degree with the issues you are most passionate about.

Further study:

UC offers postgraduate studies in Environmental Science:

Bachelor of Science with Honours
Postgraduate Certificate in Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduates may also study a variety of related subjects in these programmes, such as Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Disaster Risk and Resilience, Geography, or Water Resource Management.

You may also consider specialist studies available:

Master of Antarctic Studies
Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience
Master of Urban Resilience and Renewal
Master of Water Science and Management


Extensive practical experience in work and field settings.
Only accredited degree in environmental sciences in Aotearoa, with eligibility for semi-professional accreditation from the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ).
Graduates are in demand for their ability to identify, monitor, and solve a variety of problems associated with the environment. They help advise on sustainability, environmental risks, and environmental aspirations.
Graduates will be ready for roles such as consultants, policy analysts, disaster and crisis response management, and researchers for contamination, pollution, and invasive species.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Recommended preparation

The BEnvSci(Hons) is open to anyone with entry to the University.

While no particular background is required, secondary school subjects such as biology, chemistry, geography, and sustainability are good preparation. Most important is a passion for the environment and our role as kaitiaki protectors of our natural world.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

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

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