Graduate Diploma in Resource Management

Programme details

Translation Te Taura Pōkairua Whakahāere Rawa
Code WR3036
Level 7
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $6,026* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, February, July
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.0 with no band less than 5.5
Duration (length of study)1 year
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

Develop management and practical skills relating to the sustainable use of natural resources such as forests, lakes, farmland, and conservation areas. This involves a specialised knowledge of resource management principles, monitoring the impact on the environment, and improving critical and economic thinking for a sustainable future.

Career opportunities

Managers or employees for local and national authorities in the following areas: land, forestry, horticulture, agriculture, resource, environmental industries, biology and conservation technician/advisor (DOC, tertiary institutions, CRI's), environmental consultant/advisor, restoration ecologist - researcher, technician, ecotourism and recreational operators, policy analyst and environmental lawyer, sustainability officer, environmental media and public relations (United Nations, and Big International NGO's).

Award information

To achieve the award of the Graduate Diploma in Resource Management students must pass a total of 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

After successful completion of this qualification graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate overarching resource management principles;
  • Critically analyse challenges in resource use;
  • Apply sustainable techniques to the management and harvesting of natural resources;
  • Cooperate with stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to management problems;
  • Produce, analyse and synthesise information that will contribute to well-informed practice;
  • Evaluate resource management practices to create positive outcomes for business profitability and the communities in which those businesses operate, while protecting biodiversity, water and air quality; and
  • Consider economic, ethical and environmental principles and concepts related to resource management.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

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Compulsory courses

Course details
RMAN.7002 Environmental Monitoring Techniques
Gain a variety of techniques measuring a range of environmental variables, and evaluation of the most appropriate methods to manage and monitor the health of the natural environment.
Credits 15 Intakes February
RMAN.7003 Conservation and Biodiversity
The aim of this course is to categorize the critical factors underpinning ecological sustainability and compare and contrast current issues in conservation management both in New Zealand and internationally. It combines a comprehensive analysis on assessing biodiversity, modelling conservation priorities, and anticipating when interventions are required to prevent extinctions and...
Credits 15 Intakes February
RMAN.7004 Environmental Policy and Economics
The aim of this course is to synthesize a broad range of policy, management techniques and regulation to balance economics, politics, ethics, and science to assist sound sustainable decision making. You will learn about environmental policy and regulation, ethics, cultural versus economic perspectives, myths about the economy and environment, and...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
RMAN.7005 Research Project
The aim of this course is for students to experience the challenges of undertaking research, to develop the skills needed for planning and designing research, to research a topic using the literature, to gather and work with data, to report their results, and interpret and critique the outcome. Students will...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 2

Optional courses

Course details
MGMT.6939 Project Management
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be able to initiate, plan and apply project management techniques to a project.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
RMAN.6001 Scientific Data Analysis
The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the concepts and methods of scientific analysis of natural data. Students will practice using a generic computer software package to manage data; manipulate data; conduct statistical analyses; and extract meaningful information for presentation and dissemination in a relevant...
Credits 15 Intakes February

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017