Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management


Managing the world's precious water resources requires professionals to have multidisciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach, involving scientific, political, hydrological, economic and planning skills.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management will prepare graduates for a technical and non-research career in water resource management. Students learn how to develop innovative and effective methods for the sustainable management of this critical resource in New Zealand and internationally.

Postgraduate students benefit from the the teaching and research conducted by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a research centre co-based at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.

Entry requirements

This postgraduate diploma require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 points (1.0 EFTS). This involves three compulsory 15-point courses and 30 points of electives from a specified schedule of courses. The remainder can be chosen from appropriate courses offered at UC and/or Lincoln University. For the up-to-date schedule, visit the University of Canterbury Regulations website.

The PGDipWaterRM takes one year of full-time study or two years part-time to complete. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC offers a Master of Water Resource Management and a PhD in the subject.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management.

For study planning help contact the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management or the College of Science:

College of Science
University of Canterbury
Okeover House
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2312
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz