Master of Water Resource Management

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification

    Research Master's

    Taught and Research Master's

  • Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus and University of Canterbury Campus

Expand your understanding and abilities to drive sustainable management of this critical resource.

This is an advanced qualification offered jointly by the Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury that prepares you for a senior role in water resource management. You’ll learn about innovative and effective strategies and systems for sustainable water resource management.

Note: This programme is not available in 2024. However, students can apply for the Master of Water Science and Management (180 points) or the Master of Science, Water Science and Management (240 points), which are taught at the University of Canterbury. These qualifications are jointly awarded by UC and Lincoln University. 

Programme information

Programme Structure

You’re required to complete 240 credits.  This is normally made up of 120 credits of taught courses (from the regulation schedules for the Master of Water Resource Management) and a thesis worth 120 credits. Students enrolling in a thesis-only Master’s only need complete a minimum of 120 credits. 

The first year’s study provides preliminary research preparation.

Year 1

You'll complete three compulsory courses plus three courses (60 credits) at 600 level from Lincoln University (or another university) which must include at least 30 credits from the following list of electives.

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

Year 2

The second year of your study comprises a 120 credit thesis. You can find a list of available supervisors here


Make your choice from the 600-level courses offered at either Lincoln University or the University of Canterbury to form a coherent programme of study. A list of recommended course option is available from the Waterways Centre

Online study option

This programme is offered via face-to-face teaching on-campus or through online delivery with weekly live and recorded Zoom sessions. All materials and assessments are online. 

Using the Zoom platform, you’ll be able to participate fully in lectures and interact with fellow students and lecturers. We’ll also make recordings of class sessions available.

To access lectures on the Zoom platform, you need: 

  • Broadband wireless or wired internet connection (3G or 4G / LTE)
  • Speakers plus microphone, either built-in, USB plug-in or Bluetooth wireless
  • Webcam or HD webcam, either built-in or via USB plug-in
  • HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card can be used

See more on the requirements for effective online learning here.

There are two elective courses for this programme that can be taken at the University of Canterbury. 


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Issie barrett

Isabelle Barrett


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