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What will I learn?

Postgraduate diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree. A postgraduate diploma can often lead to a masters degree.

Environment and Society

You build on your qualifying degrees to gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis of the many and diverse perspectives applied to understanding and addressing environmental challenges.

You will complete a selection of core papers and engage in independent research in the area of environmental and societal inter relationships. The structure of the degree also allows you to include relevant papers from other disciplines such as environmental science, law, and management, and provides an ideal way to encourage close interconnections between theory and practice across a broad range of issues and topics relevant to environment and society.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$35,978.00 (US$ 25,504) per year

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

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,



3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for this programme, candidates must hold a Level 7 Bachelor's degree which is recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). For Primary & Secondary teaching: Bachelor's degree with at least a B average in 300 level papers, and relevant experience. To enter secondary teaching you must also have a body of knowledge that is relevant to the subjects you want to teach.

For international students

  • A bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  • Previously completed study at an advanced level in the subject to be taken.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, and who wish to start their studies in 2021, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

The University of Waikato will also accept IELTS and iBT TOEFL test results completed in the last 3 years, rather than the usual 2 years until further notice.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is renowned for its global research portfolio, distinctive future-focused courses, and world-class international education.

  • Top 300 institution worldwide (QS World University Rankings)
  • Small class sizes for personalized support
  • Over 2,000 internships and placements offered each year
  • Flexible degree structures for personal qualifications