Duration
Full-time: 18 months
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2022 Semester One – 28 February
2022 Semester Two – 18 July
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught options available

Programme overview

The MEcology is a focussed programme enabling you to connect with industry and government partners and agencies, and develop your career in professional ecology.

Study a diverse array of expert areas, and gain knowledge in population and community ecology, global change, biosystematics, ecophysiology, ethics, socio-ecological systems and more.

Entry to the Master of Ecology is through a recognised undergraduate degree in biological sciences, ecology, environment, or marine science. 

Programme structure

The MEcology is an 18-month, 180-point programme with the option of starting in Semester One or Semester Two, and is completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.

This programme will be delivered by lectures, seminars, laboratories, fieldwork and research supervision. Fieldwork will form a coursework component of some courses and may also form a part of the 60-point dissertation.

This programme includes 120 points of taught courses and a 60-point research dissertation.

Students must complete:

45 points: BIOSCI 739, 761, 763

75 points from BIOSCI 724, 725, 729-731, 733-735, 738, 740, 747-749, 751, 760, ENVSCI 702, 704, 705, 733, 734, 737

60 points: ECOLOG 789 Dissertation

A student must achieve a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher in the first 120 points of taught courses prior to enrolment in ECOLOG 789.

This programme is not available to applicants intending on studying online located outside of New Zealand for 2022.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Ecology
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2022 entry requirements

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Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4.0

    A Bachelor’s degree majoring in Biological Sciences or an equivalent subject.

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

The minimum Grade Point Average to gain entry is 4.0 or higher in 45 points above Stage II in Biological Sciences or approved subjects.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0

    A Bachelor’s degree majoring in Biological Sciences or an equivalent subject from a recognised academic institution.

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Taught 180 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences or an equivalent subject at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Master of Ecology cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$9,565*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.02 per point, estimated at $1,443.60 for full-time study (180 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

The Master of Ecology aims to prepare career-ready graduates in the field of professional ecology. Graduates may find employment as professional ecologists in private environmental/ecological consultancies or as business advisors, within local and national government agencies, and in scientific research.

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