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Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Turn your passion for the natural world into a career

If you are interested in and passionate about the natural world, a Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies) is a good place to begin. You’ll explore people's relationships with the environment through different disciplines.

Find out more about the Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Environmental studies is concerned with human society in its physical setting. It examines the relationships between natural, social and built environments. Environmental studies is a broad topic that explores diverse and complex environmental issues from a range of perspectives - scientific, social, cultural and economic.


With society becoming more environmentally aware, careers in this area are growing. Many local and national government departments are employing people to focus on aspects of the environment and how it can be preserved. Areas where knowledge of environmental studies is useful include:

  • Allocation of water resources
  • Ecological restoration
  • Endangered species management
  • Waste and toxic substances management
  • Weed and pest management

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