What will I learn?

Studying environmental science at Massey will give you the tools and understanding needed to help create a sustainable path for New Zealand and the world.

What is it Like?

Join one of New Zealand’s leading universities in the study of environmental impacts. You will be taught by experts in this field and will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise and teaching programme in many different areas related to this field, for example agricultural production.

Making the connection

Environmental science focuses on the connections between humans and their natural environments. Managing and mitigating human impacts on the environment is crucial for New Zealand, and much of the world. Our reputation depends on us becoming truly clean and green despite the increased pressure on the environment.

Improve our planet

The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) will see you become involved in Massey’s aims to develop a sustainable path for the future by solving real-world issues such as managing natural resources and environmental impacts. Through lab work and field trips to water treatment plants and a range of managed and mismanaged environments across the North Island, you’ll explore processes and investigate interactions between pollutants, soils, water quality and more. From there you can help to address issues in the food sector, by combining environmental science with a major in agriculture, horticulture, geography or soil science.

To take your studies overseas, you can progress on into our postgraduate programme in environmental management. Students in this programme carry out research all over the world offering their knowledge in global contexts. For example, a current international project involves students who are examining environments at complex borders between countries in Africa.


Some of the topics taught in environmental science courses include:

  • New Zealand environmental issues
  • Global environmental issues
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Environmental science field work


There are a number paths open to graduates with a BSc in Environmental Science who want to turn their interest in the environment into a career. Potential employers both in New Zealand and overseas include Central Government, Regional, District and City Councils, private sector consultants, and entrepreneurs. You may also find employment in one of these areas.

  • Environmental planning and policy
  • Coastal management
  • Landscape management
  • Soil and water
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Geographic information systems
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Development
  • National parks
  • Renewable energy
  • Biodiversity management

A pass with good grades can lead to postgraduate studies, then to a career in research or tertiary teaching

Which department am I in?

School of Agriculture and Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 years (February intake); 3.5 years (July intake))

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 20,451) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Knowledge gained in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics, NCEA Level 3 Chemistry, NCEA Level 3 Biology, NCEA Level 3 Physics (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD