School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Study

The School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences offers a range of postgraduate qualifications in the following subjects:

All our postgraduate programmes are detailed below.

The School offers world class teaching and research in Wellington, New Zealand’s science capital.

Victoria University has strong links with the many Wellington-based Crown Research Institutes and the School works closely with scientists at GNS Science, Te Papa Tongarewa and NIWA. Many postgraduate students have their research projects co-supervised by scientists from these institutes and benefit from their expertise and the state of the art facilities available to them.

Our research collaborations with other New Zealand and overseas universities, research institutes and technology companies sees the School well placed in the international science community.

The School’s academic staff are highly committed to the success of their students and take a personal interest in the progress of each one.

A postgraduate prospectus with more information about our programmes is available to download.

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To learn more about being a postgraduate student in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences please refer to the School's Graduate Handbook.

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Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc)

A Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc) is a one year course for students who already have a degree in another subject, but wish to pursue further study in science. It may also be taken part time in up to four years. The diploma is ideal preparation for postgraduate programmes.

To enter the programme, students should have at least a B grade average in their Bachelor’s degree courses in relevant 300 level courses.

The course consists of 120 points above 100 level from the BSc schedule and must include at least 75 points at 300 level. Up to 30 points may be from courses outside science.

The GDipSc may be endorsed with the name of the subject major eg: GDipSc in Geology. The School offers the diploma in:

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geophysics (Meteoroloogy)
  • Physical Geography

More information about the Graduate Diploma is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) consists of 60 points at 400 level and may be completed in one semester full time or up to two years part time. Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree or work experience is required with an average grade of B or higher in appropriate 300-level papers.

The PGCert is offered in:

The certificate may be extended to a Postgraduate Diploma with the addition of 60 further 400 level points,

More information about the Postgraduate Certificate is available on the Faculty of Science website.

Specialist Programme

In addition, the School offers a Postgraduate Certificate in:

  • Meteorology (PGCertMet)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc)

A Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) is a one year full time or up to four years part time option, for those who wish to extend their BSc with a coursework qualification.

The course is made up of 120 points at 400 level and does not require a research project, although a project may be included where appropriate. The minimum entry qualification is a BSc with an average grade of B or higher in relevant 300 level papers.

Good academic grades in the PGDipSc may allow students to enter Masters Part 2 directly.

The PGDipSc is offered in:

More information about the Postgraduate Diploma is available on the Faculty of Science website.

Specialist Programmes

In addition, the School offers a Postgraduate Diploma in:

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Bachelor of Science with Honours [BSc (Hons)]

A Bachelor of Science with Honours, BSc (Hons), is a stand-alone one year full-time programme of coursework with a research project. It generally allows students to progress directly to PhD study. The School offers the degree with majors in:

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Physical Geography

An Honours degree follows an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and is designed to provide students with depth in a specialised field.

Honours is normally a full-time, one year programme involving three 30 point courses and a research project, but may be undertaken part time with permission from the School. The minimum entry qualification is a BSc in an appropriate field with an average grade of B+ or higher in relevant 300 level papers.

A research project is an important part of the year’s work and is a good opportunity for further study in a selected topic. The project also provides practical training in research methods, an evaluation of published research and experience of the scientific process.

More information about Honours is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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Masters Courses

Master of Science (MSc)

A Master of Science is a research degree. It consists of two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years. Part 1 (the first year) involves three courses of 30 points each and a research preparation course. Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project, leading to a thesis.

Masters is normally a full-time, one year programme but may be undertaken part time with permission from the School. Minimum entry qualifications are a BSc degree in an appropriate field with an average grade of B+ or higher in relevant 300 level papers.

The School offers a MSc in:

  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Human Geography
  • Meteorology
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Physical Geography  

More information about the Master of Science is available on the Faculty of Science website.

Specialist Masters Programmes

In addition the School offers the following specialist Masters programmes:

  • Master of Development Studies (MDevStud)
  • Master of Environmental Studies (MEnvStud)
  • Geographic Information Science (see www.mgis.ac.nz

 

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and usually takes three to four years to complete. It is an internationally recognised research degree in the scientific community and opens up rich and varied career opportunities.

Formal assessment of the PhD degree is by means of a thesis and an oral examination, but progress reports and seminars are also required during the course. Students must have a BSc (Hons), Masters, or equivalent degree to be admitted to the PhD programme.

The Faculty of Graduate Research is the initial contact point for all PhD students. Please visit their website for all queries, including available funding, the role of a supervisor and the application process. The Faculty provides ongoing support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.

PhD students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the School, the University and other providers. Details can be found on the scholarships web page.

More information about the PhD is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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Postgraduate Coordinators

If you are interested in postgraduate study in our School, please contact the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator or Programme Director.  More information is available on our Contact Us page.

More information is available in our postgraduate prospectus.