Get professional training in Meteorology and explore the fundamental concepts of dynamic meteorology, radiation and thermodynamics.
Taught in conjunction with New Zealand's leading weather forecasting organisation—MetService—you'll learn about cloud physics, satellites, climatology and numerical weather prediction. Gain an expert understanding of mid-latitude weather systems, particularly weather systems in New Zealand and the Tasman Sea region.
You'll also do a practical project based on one of the research topics arising from the work of MetService. Gain new knowledge along with expertise in independent research, critical thinking and scientific rigour.
Choose to study the Master of Meteorology (MMet) or you can opt for the shorter Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology (PGDipMet).
The MMet is only offered on alternate years.
Your Meteorology qualification will be recognised throughout the world and complies with the standards of the World Meteorological Organization.
The 180-point Master of Meteorology will take you three trimesters of full-time study or six trimesters when studied part time.
The 120-point Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology takes two trimesters of full-time study or four trimesters part time.
If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are in employment.
You'll learn through coursework and an independent project based on a real-world meteorological research objective.
PGDipMet students will complete seven courses and MMet students will do nine.
Both qualifications start with five core 400-level Geophysics (Meteorology) courses—covering mid-latitude weather systems, radiation and thermodynamics, cloud physics and weather prediction. You'll add another 400-level Geophysics course of your choice or an approved course of your choice that can be from another discipline, and complete the 500-level research project. If you're doing the Master's, you'll take an additional two 500-level courses.
The 30-point project gives you the opportunity to work on current meteorological issues, with data supplied by New Zealand's MetService. You'll be guided and supported by staff from both the MetService and Victoria.
The Master of Environmental Sciences (MEnvSci) is a 180 point interdisciplinary degree that draws on a wide range of papers across the Biological, Chemical, Earth and Engineering Sciences.
A key feature of this degree is the development of scientific and interdisciplinary (cross-faculty) research skills, including collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.
The MEnvSci is normally a 12-18 month degree comprising a minimum of 90 points in taught papers at 500 level and a maximum 90 point thesis. The balance of thesis papers to taught papers may be altered subject to permission from the graduate co-ordinator in your discipline of choice.
Study an MEnvSci at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts may also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.
While the bulk of your papers will be drawn from the Faculty of Science & Engineering, you may also include papers from the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Waikato Management School, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies and Te Piringa - Faculty of Law.
The University of Waikato's School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped, world-class laboratories. You will have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and facilities such as NMR spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and the University of Waikato Herbarium.
The School of Engineering’s specialised laboratories includes the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research. These include 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.
Depending on the major completed and your particular interests, graduates of this degree may find employment in a range of science-related industries, including local and regional councils, Crown Research Institutes, energy companies, environmental agencies, government departments, environmental consulting companies, private research companies, universities, food and dairy industries and agriculture and fisheries industries.