Applied Science — Parks, Recreation and Tourism

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The Parks, Recreation and Tourism specialisation in Lincoln's Master of Applied Science is a 240-credit research degree, and the most recent iteration of Lincoln's long-standing commitment to a field of study that is of critical relevance to the economic, soicial and cultural fabric of most 21st century societies. Graduates will possess an understanding of the complexity of the recreation, parks and tourism sectors, and how elements such as political systems, policy bodies, the world and/or local economy and environmental change can affect individual business decisions and long term planning within these sectors. Specifically, all graduates will have:

  • An advanced understanding of parks, recreation and tourism;
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of recreationalists and tourists, and the workings of those offering recreation and tourism services;
  • The ability to contribute to recreation planning and development, at a range of scales, with an understanding of the complexities and nuances of the recreation or tourism industry;
  • An understanding of methodological issues.

Course content


  • Students are required to complete 240 credits: normally 120 credits of taught courses from the schedules to the regulations for the relevant master's degree and a thesis worth 120 credits. Note that the first year provides preliminary research preparation. 
  • Students enrolling in thesis only masters are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

Compulsory courses

  • ERST 601 Advanced Theory in Resource Studies

One of 

  • SOCI 601 Social Science Research Methods (Quantitative)
  • SOCI 602 Social Science Research Methods (Qualitative) 

At least three from 

  • MAST 603 Mana Kaitiaki (Maori Resource Management) 
  • PSYC 602 Advanced Social Psychology of Wellbeing 
  • RECN 604 Sport Physical Activity and Fitness 
  • RECN 626 Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
  • RECN 627 Advanced Sport and Recreation Management
  • RECN 640 Events and Festivals: Contexts and Concepts
  • TOUR 603 Tourism Management
  • TOUR 604 Tourist Behaviour

120 credit thesis

Entry Requirements

  • For 240 credit Masters (thesis and exam): a relevant degree with at least a B grade average in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses;
  • For 120 credit Masters (thesis only): a relevant postgraduate honours degree with Second Class Honours, Division One or its equivalent (or higher).

You must also provide confirmation that the qualifications have been awarded. Please include one of the following:

  • Award Certificate;
  • Statement on the transcript;
  • Letter from the awarding institution.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Should be brief and must include tertiary education and any employment or project experience.

Statement of Research Interest

  • Please complete the 'Research Statement (Masters Exam and Thesis)' document 

References (two references)

  • At least one or both of your referees should be in a position to comment on your academic performance and ability to complete the degree and at least one must be familiar with your recent work. If you have completed a thesis, dissertation or project we will expect your supervisor to provide a reference. 
  • Your application can be processed more quickly if these confidential reports are sent to us either in sealed envelopes or e-mailed. These references must be signed and dated to enable assessment.

English Language Requirements

Lincoln University recognises achievements through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language.

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall band score, with no individual component less than 6.0;
  • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 80 (with minimum writing score of 21 and minimum speaking score of 18);
  • CAE and FCE: Overall CAE score of 176, with no individual component less than 169;
  • PTE (Academic): 58 overall score - with no communicative skill less than 50;
  • Lincoln University English Language: GCAE or LU EL 70%;
  • NZCEL: Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement).

Financial Assistance

Lincoln University has established a student financial support fund for students who suffer financial hardship.

To be eligible you need to demonstrate unusual and special circumstances that cause financial problems making it difficult to undertake study. 


New Zealand Pacific Scholarship

The New Zealand Pacific Scholarships scheme recognises the very close personal, cultural, and economic ties that New Zealand enjoys with Pacific countries. A particular focus of the scheme is to increase the number of young students and high academic achievers studying in New Zealand and to build a new generation of Pacific leadership with strong links to New Zealand.

New Zealand Development Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society, or private business organisations

Lincoln University Graduate Scholarships

The scholarships were established to provide opportunities for students to pursue postgraduate study and research at Lincoln University.

Study Abroad Programme

Study Abroad programme allows you to come to Lincoln for a semester or a year, and transfer the credit back to your degree at home. As New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, with a dedicated mission to help Feed the World, Protect the Future, and Live Well on our planet, we have tailored a range of specific courses for study abroad students who are interested in the Global Challenges the world faces.

The Study Abroad programme is available to all international undergraduate and postgraduate students who meet Lincoln's admission requirements.


Depending on your academic background, you can choose from any of the courses in our faculties.  Although we have three themes of courses around our Global Challenge programmes, you can also choose your own adventure by looking at all our courses. 


You can study abroad with us for either one semester or a full academic year. Most courses are taught over one semester.

Visas and insurance

As a Study Abroad student, you will need to obtain a student visa prior to departure from your home country. You must also have medical and travel insurance for the duration of your study. 

How to apply

You can apply for our Study Abroad programme via direct enrolment through your current university, a certified provider, on our website or complete the application form for international students.

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