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Sustainability programmes at Massey University

At Massey sustainability is integrated into a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. For a complete list of programmes and courses offered at Massey see the Programmes and courses web pages. In addition we offer a number of qualifications with a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Earth as seen from Apollo 17 Undergraduate:


Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies major)

If you are interested and passionate about the natural world a major in Environmental Studies is for you. This major allows you to explore people's relationships with the environment, through courses from a number of different disciplines.

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

For more information see Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies).

Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning and Master of Resource and Environmental Planning

  • What can we do to conserve biodiversity and our natural heritage?
  • What can be done to improve the prosperity of our businesses and economy?
  • How can we secure a better future for the poor and future generations?

These are some of the challenging questions that planners seek to answer. If you are interested in an exciting career that is focused on improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, communities and society, then Resource and Environmental Planning is a great choice.

For more information see Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning and Master of Resource and Enviornmental Planning.

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science major)

Environmental science encompasses many academic areas that study the connections between humans and their natural environment. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject that incorporates topics as diverse as limnology and philosophy. The design of this major reflects the growing understanding that, for the sake of current and future generations, we need to manage our resources in a manner that allows us to maintain our economic output without threatening the resource base upon which that output relies.

For more information see Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science).

Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Master of Environmental Management

Environmental Management centers upon society's impact on the environment and the management choices available to reduce or mitigate this impact. Given the interconnectedness between living species and their habitats, environment management decisions address both living and non-living elements of the bio-physical environment.

Environment management recommendations must reflect the relationships between society's social, institutional, economic and bio-physical environments.

The demand for people with environment management skills is growing in New Zealand and overseas. The 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.

Our programmes focus on managing the environment and will give you the broad training and skills necessary to carry out this challenging work.

For more information see Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Master of Environmental Management.

Master of Agriculture (Life Cycle Management)

The Master of Agriculture (Life Cycle Management (LCM)) encompasses a broad range of disciplines, including agribusiness, logistics and supply chain management, agricultural and horticultural systems and sustainable processing technologies.

Research opportunities for you include the environmental impact of primary production systems, resource use efficiency, environmental certification, trade policy and market access issues.

For more information see Master of Agriculture (Life Cycle Management).

Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management)

The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is a unique postgraduate programme in New Zealand.

This qualification is suitable if you either have an undergraduate degree and wish to specialise in environmental footprinting and life cycle management, or you have found yourself working in a related role and need to upskill. Your undergraduate degree does not need to be in engineering, as long as it is in a relevant field.

For more information see Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management).

Master of International Development

Help solve the world’s development problems. Broaden your knowledge of the world’s key development issues to shape a positive future for those in need.

For more information see Master of International Development.

Master of Management (Sustainability)

Gain the skills to be an effective manager within a sustainable-focused industry, or bring an increasingly important perspective to any business.

Sustainability has been identified as a key future issue for businesses. This major has been designed to bring together learning around management skills and contemporary issues in sustainability.

For more information see Master of Management (Sustainability).

Master of Sustainable Development Goals

Massey’s Master of Sustainable Development Goals will give you an advanced grounding in the theory, practice and application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information see Master of Sustainable Development Goals.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctoral programme is open to academically capable students who have achieved First Class Honours/Distinction or Second Class Honours (Division I) in a Masters or Bachelor (Honours) programme.

Candidates complete a PhD by thesis. Programmes are expected to take four years of full-time study or up to six years of part-time study.

For more information see Doctor of Philosophy.