Master of Environmental Policy and Management

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus or Online

Finding strategies to reduce our impact on our environment is one of the most important issues we face. The Master of Environmental Policy and Management will prepare you to make a significant impact as you search for solutions. Get ready to make a difference as you acquire advanced analysis skills as part of this taught master's degree.


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If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

Get ready to make a difference as you acquire advanced research and analysis skills as part of this Master's degree.

You will develop a balanced understanding of the socio-cultural, political and economic contexts that affect environmental management, and learn how these form part of decision-making.

How you’ll grow

  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills in critical evaluation, problem-solving and communication.
  • Hone the ability to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and issues.
  • Be able to confidently explore and interpret environmental governance and the range of policy, planning and management approaches.

Career opportunities

The Master of Environmental Policy and Management (MEPM) equips you with the skills for high-level environmental policy and management positions with government agencies, regional councils, environmental and business consultancies, industry organisations, businesses, non-governmental organisations and advocacy groups.

Please note, the MEPM is a taught master's qualification and therefore does not have the research component required for progression to a PhD. For more information on a research master's in a similar area, please see the Master of Applied Science – Environmental Management

This taught masters programme has challenged my thinking and changed my perspectives on sustainability. I now have the confidence to tackle a variety of complex issues with a wide sustainability lens and challenge the status quo.

Georgina Blane

Master of Environmental Policy and Management

Programme information

Programme Structure

You’ll complete two compulsory courses (40 credits), one in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2.

You will also complete four or more courses (80 credits) chosen from a core list, plus up to three elective courses (60 credits) from the Master's degree courses offered across the university.

The Master of Environmental Management can be completed fully online, but please note that the range of courses to select from will be limited. A course advisor can help you select your online elective options. 

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If you’re not sure whether you want to commit to a Master of Environmental Policy and Management, you can opt to staircase your degree.

This means starting with either a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science OR Environmental Management (one semester, three papers), OR a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or Environmental Management (two semesters, six papers).

You can gain a Master of Environmental Policy and Management with only one more year of course work (after a Postgraduate Certificate) or one semester more (after a Postgraduate Diploma). 

A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.



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Programme contacts

Zack Dorner

Zack Dorner

Senior Lecturer

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