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A unique qualification
Massey is the only New Zealand university to offer postgraduate qualifications in environmental life cycle management.
Life cycle management is about improving the environmental profile of a product. That might be anything from extraction of raw materials through manufacture, distribution, use and on to waste management.
The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is suitable if you have an undergraduate degree and wish to specialise in environmental footprinting and life cycle management. Or, you may have found yourself working in a related role and need to upskill.
You’ll learn the theory and practice behind life cycle management and environmental footprinting from lecturers who have been contributing to research and the development of life cycle management standards.
When you have completed this programme, you will be able to undertake life cycle assessment and related environmental footprinting studies. You’ll also learn how to critically evaluate the LCA system modelling options available for a decision situation.
The programme has a focus on practical information that can be applied to real-world situations. You are encouraged to apply the skills developed during the programme in real-life situations during exercises and assignments.
The life cycle management major includes an optional research project, where you can either investigate a topic you are interested in, or work with us to develop an industry-relevant piece of work.
You can study on campus, or via our distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to remain in full-time employment while studying.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas.
International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.
Roles for those with this qualification include environmental manager, environmental consultant or policy analyst within local or central government.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication, The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
|At least 45 credits from|
|238700||Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles||15|
|238710||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Methods||15|
|238711||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Case Studies||15|
|238712||Use of Life Cycle Assessment to Support Decision-Making||15|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
Part One consists of 75 credits at 700-level from courses listed in the Schedule. Part One gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. For progression to Part Two, you must have maintained a grade average of at least a B- over the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One, including at least a B grade in 228.797.
Part Two is a 45-credit research report.
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.
Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Professor Sarah McLaren is director of the New Zealand Life Cycle Management Centre (NZLCM Centre). She has spent the last twenty years teaching and researching how to integrate life cycle thinking into management practices, product design, and policymaking. Her work with industry includes advising multi-national companies on sustainable product strategies and measurement systems and projects for key New Zealand primary sector products.Professor Sarah McLaren
Professor of Life Cycle Management
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
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Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
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