Undergraduate Student Information

Whilst the Waterways Centre does not offer an undergraduate degree, there are several undergraduate courses in Water Resource Management offered through both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.


WATR203 students learning field sampling skills, Binser stream. Photo: Helen Warburton.

Undergraduate course descriptions

Please note: Lincoln University offers a major in Water Management at an undergraduate level. It consists of eight courses, which is one-third of a 24-course degree. For more information visit this page, and scroll down to select Water Management.

WATR 201: Freshwater Resources (University of Canterbury)

WATR 201: Freshwater Resources (Lincoln University)

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

WATR202: Water on Land: Quantity and Quality(Lincoln University) 15 points, Semester 1 Physical and chemical characterisation of the use of freshwater resources in agriculture.

WATR203: Freshwater Science Field Skills (University of Canterbury)

WATR203; Freshwater Science Field Skills
(Lincoln University)

15 points, Summer Course will run as a weeklong block in the 2021 SU2 summer school period. The in class portion of the course is set to start November 22 2021. This course, based primarily at UC's Cass Field Station, is a residential week long field course, involvng field-based practical freshwater monitoring, including hydrological, water chemistry, aquatic plant, invertebrate, fish and bird assessments. Enrolments are limited . Links at left are for 2020 field course information but will be updated when 2021 course occurrences are finalised.

WATR 301: Water Resource Management (University of Canterbury)

WATR 301: Water Resource Management (Lincoln University)
15 points, Semester 1 Water resource use conflicts, and frameworks balancing environmental, economic, social and cultural water needs in catchment management.
WATR302: Water on Land: Application and Management (Lincoln University) 15 points, Semester 2 (not offered 2020/2021) Application of surface and groundwater models for water management; irrigation concepts and technologies; impacts of agricultural land use; agricultural waste management.