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Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Turn your interest in the environment into a career

With a BA (Environmental Studies) you’ll be prepared for a meaningful and important career.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

See the big environmental picture

When you take environmental studies at Massey, you will explore the dynamic relationship between human society and our environment. It’s a relationship that is always changing. You will learn to think critically and understand the big picture, rather than seeing environmental questions simply as problems that can be solved easily with a technological fix.

Tailor a degree that’s just for you

With a BA (Environmental Studies), you can choose to explore almost anything to do with the environment, from a scientific, social, cultural or economic point of view. You can also bring together courses from a range of disciplines to create a degree just for you. 

A good fit if you:

  • Have an interest in environmental issues
  • Are concerned about the sustainability of our way of living
  • Want a degree that fits your environmental interests
Kim Anstey
Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)

“The online delivery of courses is first rate…”

I’m an extramural student based in Napier. Extramural study has given me the flexibility of living in Australia and New Zealand and working my study around raising a young family. 

An environmental studies major is a fascinating mix of both social science and science courses which emphasises the importance of examining the big picture when it comes to environmental issues. With New Zealand and the world facing serious issues of declining biodiversity and degraded waterways and soils, there is no time like the present to study this fascinating subject.

I can strongly recommend doing environmental studies at Massey. The courses I have done have been taught by friendly and approachable lecturers who are truly passionate about their subjects. The online delivery of courses is first rate with increasing opportunities for viewing lectures and contributing to discussions online.

Next year I plan to embark upon postgraduate study in sociology with a focus on the environment.

My advice to new students would be: knowledge expands your horizons and gives you the power to influence your future. Go for it.


Our society is becoming more environmentally aware and career opportunities in this area are growing. Many local, regional and national government agencies are employing people to focus specifically on aspects of the environment and how it can be preserved, including:

  • Allocation of water resources
  • Ecological restoration
  • Endangered species management
  • Waste and toxic substances management
  • Weed and pest management

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