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Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Become a sought-after employee

Massey’s environmental management graduates are in demand - many have employment before they even graduate.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management is a one-year qualification for those who have already gained an undergraduate qualification and want to extend their knowledge to environmental management issues.

Massey’s environmental management programme reflects the growing need to protect the environment and use resources of land, water, soil, plants, and animals in a balanced and sustainable way. 

What will I study?

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how the natural environment functions and what can be done to address the environmental challenges that we face today. You will also learn how societal values, needs and attitudes are reconciled with the need to maintain the integrity of ecological systems. The core courses of your study cover the following topics:

  • An evaluation of current environmental issues
  • Holistic and transdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving
  • Environmental assessment techniques
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Participation in environmental management
  • Research skills and undertaking literature reviews
  • Project evaluation

Other courses available to complete the PGDipEnvMgmt are drawn from an extensive selection of offerings from sciences, humanities, social sciences and business.

There are opportunities to gain advanced knowledge in current land and water based environmental management or specialise in the policy or economic side of environmental management. There is also the possibility of increasing you skill set by studying courses in important environmental management tools and techniques like GIS, Remote Sensing and Life Cycle Assessment.


Massey University’s environmental management programme was one of the first to bring together expertise across disciplines. Today, as an environmental management student at Massey, you can take advantage of our world-leading expertise in science, agriculture, business, social science and fundamental sciences, and our understanding of the interconnectivity between disciplines.

Sought-after by employers

You will find being exposed to diverse disciplines and associated fieldwork is both challenging and rewarding. It is these skills and the applied nature of your learning that are highly-valuable to potential employers. Many of our students are employed before they graduate.

Internationally relevant

Massey University is ranked in the top five per cent of universities in the world and is highly ranked for its research. Our staff are world-class academics publishing internationally, with strong connections to relevant organisations across areas associated with environmental management.

We have a large number of international students, attracted by the increasing relevance of environmental management as a discipline that addresses the environmental challenges experienced by an increasing number of countries. The multicultural nature of the student cohort adds a unique dimensional to the learning experience.

A fulfilling area of study

Postgraduate learning is a satisfying and challenging process. Environmental management is an exciting and rewarding area of study, leading to a growing number of careers.

You will get a solid grounding in environmental management theory, but the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management also has a strong applied component, giving you the real-world perspective that employers seek. Regular field trips take place around New Zealand and there are some opportunities to attend international conferences.

Approachable lecturers

At Massey we are focussed on student success. Our lecturers are very approachable and open to giving advice on helping you plan your career and research ambitions in environmental management.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in a shorter postgraduate qualification than a masters
  • Want to be trained to provide objective data and interpretation to support environmental management decision-making
  • Would like to develop the skills to make a career out of your passion for the environment
  • Would like to advance your career to the next level
Alexandra Egan
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management

“Studying at Massey has been amazing. I have dramatically improved my writing, communication and time management skills. I also had wonderful teachers who were always willing to help…”

I decided to study at Massey University because I wanted my future to be open to working in a variety of fields, and this programme has helped me develop the skills to achieve that.

I am currently studying a master’s degree whilst working part time for a freshwater consulting agency. The focus of my research is wildlife tourism. I am researching the value people place on different species, by using the time spent viewing them, in order to try to provide information to park managers and tourism companies as to what visitors to the park want to see.

Once I complete my master’s degree, I hope to work for the government, and help enact change and create policies that better protects our environment.


Demand for people with environment management skills is growing in New Zealand and overseas. Organisations outside of those directly related to environmental issues are increasingly recognising the need to have expertise in this area in every industry.

Your lecturers maintain excellent relationships with key organisations and these relationships give our students networking opportunities for future careers.

Nearly 30% of our graduates are employed in research, universities or district or city councils. Many are also in private consultancies and business.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

Fast track to your master's

You may find that this postgraduate diploma piques your interest in environmental management. If so, upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management you may be able to complete an additional 60-credits and gain a master’s degree.

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