Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Environmental Management

*This subject is available as area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description


Postgraduate Environmental Management

Environmental Management emphasises the use of interdisciplinary knowledge to move toward sustainable development. The goal is to provide students with a sound understanding of the ecological, social, economical and institutional factors that underlie environmental problems and drive change.

The programmes offer a comprehensive range of environmental management courses that look at the knowledge, tools and methods that can solve environmental problems and monitor success. The core courses and some of the electives are taught in modular form to encourage participation by people already in the workforce.



Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Environmental Management

The prerequisite is an approved BSc, BE, BA, BPlan, BCom or equivalent degree.


  • 15 points from ENVSCI 701
  • At least 60 points from ENVMGT 741-747
  • Up to 45 points from 700 level courses as approved by the Programme Coordinator


Master of Science (MSc) - Environmental Management

The prerequisite is a PGDipSci in Environmental Management.

Requirements: Research Masters

  • 120 points: ENVMGT 796 MSc Thesis in Environmental Management

Career opportunities

The number of jobs in the environmental field is increasing due to economic, social and legislative factors. Our graduates are employed by industries, environmental consultancies, tertiary institutes and universities, and regulatory authorities at local, regional and national level, both in New Zealand and overseas. For example, in recent years our graduates have been employed by the following New Zealand organisations:

  • Air New Zealand
  • Alliance Group
  • AMP Banking
  • Beca Carter
  • Bell Gully Barristers & Solicitors
  • Carter Holt Harvey
  • Cawthron Institute
  • Curion Venture Corporation, Canada
  • Department of Conservation
  • Fernz Corporation
  • Glenbrook Steel Mill
  • Kingett Mitchell & Assoc (Environmental Consultants)
  • Landcare Research
  • Meritec (Consultants)
  • Metro Water
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Mobil, New Zealand
  • National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)
  • NZ Forest Research Institute
  • NZ Sugar
  • Pacific Lithium Pacific Steel
  • Pattle Delamore (Consultants)
  • PriceWaterHouseCoopers
  • Regional Councils
  • Sandford Fisheries
  • Self Employed
  • SERCO Consultancy
  • Supreme Lime Ltd
  • The Edge Picture Co. Ltd.
  • URS (Environmental Consultants)
  • Waitakere City Council
  • Waitakere Counselling & Family Therapy Centre
  • Waitakere Services Ltd.
  • Watercare Health Care
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Environmental Management Postgraduate Handbook or contact our Postgraduate Adviser:

Dr Ann E. Bartos
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82571
Email: a.bartos@auckland.ac.nz

Alternatively, staff in the School of Environment, located on Level 6 of the Science Building, Building 302 (23 Symonds Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisers.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88465 or 85923
Email: envsci@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.env.auckland.ac.nz


Further information