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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 2023


University of Canterbury


Do you want to do your part for the environment? This degree will give you skills and the practical learning you’ll 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 impact 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.

What will my study involve?

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

Career Opportunities

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, and more.

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 Resource Management

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): Minimum overall score of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 50, and no communicative skills score below 42.

Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October; Semester 2 (July start) by 30 April.

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