Course details

Master of Bicultural Co-Governance of Natural Resources
Domestic tuition $11,550 per year
NZQF Level 9

About the course

Around the world, there is a growing recognition of the rights of indigenous people to access and govern their natural resources. In many countries, this recognition has led to development of co-governance approaches, where differing groups seek to govern together in a collaborative manner.

To support the growing use of co-governance approaches, we need to prepare culturally aware graduates with strong analytical and strong interpersonal skills, who can identify the limitation in our current ways of working, and then work in a collaborative manner, to break down barriers in process and to enact change.

Students of the Masters of Bicultural Co-Governance of Natural Resources (MBCNR) will develop a deep understanding of the complex relationships between the multiple stakeholders in natural resources. This course will also develop consultation skills, bicultural awareness, project management, and knowledge of conservation and co-governance policy.

This taught Master’s programme has a particular focus on New Zealand, reflecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. It will also draw on material from a selection of Pacific Island nations. Students will critically examine external treaty responsibilities and relevant cultural relationships globally.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

About the provider

At the University of Canterbury you will get to enjoy the very best a university has to offer ' a world class learning environment, a vibrant campus and a great student lifestyle that's packed with opportunities.

You will gain hands-on experience in courses led by academics who are actively engaged in research and who are experts in their fields. The culture promotes active learning, where the vibrant community allows you to be who you are and do what you love.

UC's picturesque campus with modern teaching and research facilities is set in the heart of a city that has become a magnet for growth and innovation. Further afield lies a region packed with outdoor adventure, from the mountains to the sea.


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