Postgraduate study in Biosecurity and Conservation

What can you study in Biosecurity and Conservation?

You will work on a wide range of biosecurity, biodiversity and conservation topics, and network with future employers, gaining the confidence and skills to contribute to the rapidly growing fields of biosecurity and conservation.

Skill development includes writing risk assessments for new-to-New Zealand species, developing incursion response plans, biodiversity management plans and research proposals, as well as gaining advanced science communication skills.

If you are a Master of Science (MSc) student, research interests open to exploration include:

  • Comparative stress physiology of grey-faced petrels
  • Improving outcomes for water quality monitoring in Samoa via environmental DNA
  • The impact of hedgehogs on urban forest fragments
  • The ecological relationship between Cook’s scurvy grass (Lepidium oleraceum s.s.) and seabirds
  • The legacy effect of soil conditions on ecological restoration of retired pastures
  • The spatial extent of biodiversity outcomes from mammalian predator pest management
  • The establishment and dispersal of invasive insects
  • Impacts of introduced herbivores on sand dune restoration
  • Estimating a damage function for feral pig impacts
  • The importance of invertebrates in decomposing coarse woody debris
  • Trophic interactions between geckos and honeydew-producing scale insects
  • Pollination ecology of native New Zealand orchids and the role of introduced species

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Biosecurity and Conservation

Master of Science (MSc) in Biosecurity and Conservation 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Biosecurity and Conservation 240-point (two-year) research masters

15 points:

BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal or ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science

45 points from:

At least 30 points from:

120 points:

Up to 30 points from 700-level related subjects:

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biosecurity and Conservation  

45 points from:

45 points from:

30 points from 700-level related subjects:

Prerequisite courses

Prior to applying for the MSc 120-point research masters it is recommended you have completed BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal or ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science.


Where can postgraduate study in Biosecurity and Conservation take you?

Potential opportunities for our graduates include employment throughout the biosecurity and conservation sector.

Jobs related to Biosecurity and Conservation

  • Biodiversity ranger
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Biosecurity or biodiversity technical advisor
  • Environmental officer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Incursion response investigator
  • Museum collections technician
  • Operations manager
  • Pest control technician
  • Research technician
  • Researcher
  • Science communicator

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020