Category Archives: Postgraduate study

Interested in a Master of Science Position in River Flood Modelling?


We have an opening for a motivated student to undertake Masters research to improve flood resilience of Aotearoa New Zealand communities, by developing methods to improve hydrological model river discharge representation during flood events.

One position is available and will be financially supported by NIWA for one year. You’ll be co-hosted by the Geospatial Research Institute at UC, in conjunction with NIWA. A scholarship of NZ$15,000 is available to successful applicants, with $7,500 starting from December 2021-June 2022, and subject to satisfactory performance, another $7,500 from July 2022-December 2022.

The Masters will address aspects of hydrological model river discharge representation from model parameter uncertainty with a focus on flood events. You’ll quantify NIWA’s hydrological model parameter sensitivity at the Waikanae catchment during flood events and investigate key model parameter uncertainty based on the Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) framework. This work will contribute towards improving ensemble flood forecasting in ungauged catchment[1], and hydrodynamics modelling that will also benefit the NIWA-led MBIE National Flood Risk Assessment Endeavour programme[2].

Programming literacy (e.g. Matlab, Python or similar), knowledge of hydrological modelling and statistics are highly desirable. Numeracy and excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Familiarity with the Unix environment would be ideal, you’ll have the opportunity to run simulations on NIWA’s High Performance Computing System (HPC)[3] which is part of the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).

Please direct all enquiries to the project co-supervisors:
Dr. Celine Cattoen-Gilbert (NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi
and Prof. Matt Wilson (University of Canterbury,

Applications should be sent by email care of
The GRI Manager, Dr. Melanie Tomintz by 4 October 2021.

Please submit the following documents as part of your application:

  1. A full CV;
  2. A cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the research project; and
  3. Contact details of at least two referees.




UC 3 Minute Thesis Final – Tuesday 10 August

Come join us for the finals of the University of Canterbury 3 Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday 10 August. This year’s competition is proudly brought to you by the Postgraduate Research Office and sponsored by Research First.

This is the culmination of the heats carried out across the campus and we will announce the top three research students who can summarise their entire thesis in only 3 minutes. The top PhD winner will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific finals, and the top Master’s winner will represent UC at the NZ finals. The competition winner receives $5,000. Second place still goes home with $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.

We will also have some kai, spot prizes and voting for the people’s choice awards, so plenty of reasons to come along, learn about the exciting research happening across campus as well as connect with others from UC and beyond.

Register Here. See you in the Tī Kōuka room.

Why study postgrad?

Looking for a change of direction? Thinking about your options for 2022?

Postgrad Options Week is taking place from Monday 26 – Friday 30 July.

UC has a wide range of postgraduate programmes designed for entry from any undergraduate degree, ranging from graduate certificates to Master’s qualifications.

Information sessions

Come along to Puaka-James Hight, Room 210, to find out about:

  • What it’s like to study at postgrad level
  • Different types of postgrad programme options
  • How you can fund your postgrad study
  • Academic support provided during your study
  • Career opportunities after postgrad study

Register now!

Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions will be held at Puaka – James Hight between 11am and 2pm during Postgrad Options week (26-30 July).

No appointment is necessary, just come along to have a chat with our friendly staff about how we can help you achieve your study and career goals.