Postgraduate Student Information

Core sampling

The Waterways Centre offers several 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.

International students interested in undertaking postgraduate study through Waterways should first go through the admissions offices at the University of Canterbury, or Lincoln University.

Forms for current WCFM students are available here.

Postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma: Consists of one year (F/T) of taught courses.
PGDip at the University of Canterbury
PGDip at Lincoln University

Master of Water Resource Management: Consists of one year (F/T) of taught courses (as for the PGDip, above), then a year undertaking a research thesis.
MWRM at the University of Canterbury
MWRM at Lincoln University

PhD in Water Resource Management: a three year programme of study, undertaking research of relevance to the effective management of freshwater resources, culminating in a PhD thesis.
PhD at the University of Canterbury
PhD at Lincoln University

The requirements for enrolling in each of these qualifications is listed on each University website. Ideas for Masters and PhD research topics can be discussed with Waterways staff at any time. You may have a research topic in mind, or you may consult the lists of suggested research topics.

Selecting courses for your degree

The postgraduate WATR courses form the core of a Postgraduate Diploma or a Master (Part I) in Water Resource Management. These are further described below.  In addition to the WATR courses you will need to take other courses in resource management, and can include courses that further your skills in your own particular area of expertise to make up a total of 120 points or credits.  For a description of how to structure your degree and electives to choose from, see the Recommended Course list, here (PDF, 529kb).  

The following links will take you directly to the course pages for WATR courses,  for both University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. 

WATR401: Advanced Water Resources
(University of Canterbury)

WATR601: Advanced Water Resources
(Lincoln University)
Semester 1
Freshwater resource definition, characterisation, use, and impacts of exploitation and their management or mitigation.
WATR402: Determinants of Water Quality
(University of Canterbury)

WATR602: Determinants of Water Quality
(Lincoln University)
Semester 2
Quantification of freshwater resrouces and methods for environmental impact control and mitigation. A week-long block course (8:30 - 5:00 each day). In 2018 the course is scheduled for the week of August 27 - August 31, during midterm break, and there will be assessments and an exam scheduled later in Semester 2.
WATR403: Water Management, Policy and Planning
(University of Canterbury)

WATR603: Water Management, Policy and Planning
(Lincoln University)

Semester 2
Catchment management models and policy development/planning, within the context of environmental legislation.

WATR404: Water Special Topic (University of Canterbury)

WATR604: Water Special Topic (Lincoln University)

Semester 1
The special topic is only available to particular students as part of their study at the direction of the Director of Waterways. In 2018 semester 1 the paper will be delivered by visiting Erskine Fellow Professor David Maidment, and will be called Integrated Data to Support Water Modelling. The course wil be held at UC, Wednesdays 1 - 4 pm from Feb 19 - March 29, as well as two full days, April 11 and 12 2018.

A link to Lincoln's WATR604 page will be live early 2018.

WATR405: Research Methods and Communication (University of Canterbury)

WATR605: Research Methods and Communication (Lincoln University)

Semester 1
Available only to Water Resource Management postgrads, this course prepares students for undertaking a research thesis, covering how to communicate research results and information effectively in different forums and to different audiences.

ENGE414: Applied Hydrogeology

Semester 1 (UC only)
Nature and occurrence of groundwater, various techniques for resource evaluation, contaminant transport issues, and a brief introduction to groundwater modelling.

WATR690: Masters Thesis (UC)

WATR651: Masters Thesis (LU)
A 120 point research thesis

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