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Courses and DegreesCore sampling

The Waterways Centre offers courses and postgraduate qualifications in Water Resource Management through both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. These are designed to prepare you for a career as a water resource manager, researcher, advisor or consultant.

There are a number of undergraduate and postgraduate WATR courses to choose from below. A PDF of our brochure is also available (PDF, 373 kb).

While the Waterways Centre does not offer an undergraduate degree, there are three undergraduate WATR courses available. The postgraduate Water courses can form the basis for a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management or a Master of Water Resource Management. For more postgraduate information go here, or click on the qualifications listed for each University below.

The Waterways Centre also provides and advertises scholarship opportunities for students.

Courses and qualifications

Six courses are available in 2015.The following links take you to the course page at either the University of Canterbury or Lincoln University.

Undergraduate Courses
WATR 201: Freshwater Resources
(University of Canterbury)

15 points, Semester 2
Characterisation, value and use of freshwater resources, and tools and techniques for assessment and management

WATR 201: Freshwater Resources
(Lincoln University)
WATR203: Freshwater Science Field Skills
(University of Canterbury)

15 points, Summer Course (Feb 1 - 5, 2016)
This five day course will be based primarily at UC but involve learning practical freshwater field sampling, including hydrological, water chemistry, aquatic plant, invertebrate, fish and bird identification.

WATR 301: Water Resource Management (University of Canterbury) 15 points, Semester 1
Water resource use conflicts, and frameworks balancing environmental, economic, social and cultural water needs in catchment management.
WATR 301: Water Resource Management(Lincoln University)

Postgraduate Courses
WATR 401: Advanced Water Resources (University of Canterbury) Semester 1
Freshwater resource definition, characterisation, use, and impacts of exploitation and their management or mitigation.
WATR 601: Advanced Water Resources (Lincoln University)
WATR 402: Determinants of Water Availability & Quality
(University of Canterbury)

A week-long block course (8.30 - 5.00 each day). 22 - 26 August, 2016, Midsemester break Semester 2

Quantification of freshwater water resources, and methods for environmental impact control and mitigation.

WATR 602: Determinants of Water Availability & Quality (Lincoln University)
WATR 403: Water Management, Policy and Planning (University of Canterbury) Semester 2
Catchment management models and policy development/planning, within the context of environmental legislation.

WATR 603: Water Management, Policy and Planning(Lincoln University)

WATR 690: Masters Thesis (UC) A 120 point research thesis
WATR 651: Masters Thesis (LU) A 120 point research thesis
Postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management
(University of Canterbury)

WATR courses and other recommended postgraduate courses making up one year of study (if full time).
Postgraduate Diploma in Water Resource Management
(Lincoln University)
Master of Water Resource Management
(University of Canterbury)

(2 yr full time) with shorter study options of  Postgraduate Diploma (1 yr full time) and possibly a Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)  in Water Resources.

Master of Water Resource Managment
(Lincoln University)

PhD in Water Resource Management
(University of Canterbury)

The Centre also offers a PhD in Water Resource Management, subject to approval of the Director of the Centre.

PhD in Water Resource Managment
(Lincoln University)