Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2020 Semester Two – 20 July
Available locations
City
Points
180
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Marine Conservation is a programme that focuses on finding solutions to the complex issues that characterise the management of marine protected areas (MPA's).

MPA's are increasing in size due to a global awareness of the effects of climate change and the need to provide robust guardianship of our ecosystems. Worldwide, there are real challenges for how we will implement and operate MPA’s. Protected by law, these vast areas require skilled scientists and environmental managers from diverse backgrounds to monitor and protect.  

If you are already working in this exciting field, the MMarineCons gives you the opportunity to upskill, change your focus, or gain research experience. Or, you may be from a non-science background and interested in focusing on policy or management.

This programme is primarily taught at the city campus with some classes and courses taught at the Leigh Marine Laboratory.

Programme structure

The MMarineCons is a 180 point research or taught masters programme that can be completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.

This programme includes a mixture of core courses and elective courses on topics related to marine conservation such as marine ecology and biology, conservation biology, environmental science, social science, environmental management and policy.

Master of Marine Conservation 180 point Taught Masters

45 points:

MARINE 701 Current Issues in Marine Science
MARINE 703 Marine Protected Areas
MARINE 705 Special Topic: Ocean Management and Planning

105 points from:

BIOSCI 724 Marine Ecology
BIOSCI 727 Aquaculture
BIOSCI 735 Advanced Behavioural Ecology
BIOSCI 738 Advanced Biological Data Analysis
BIOSCI 739 Dialogues in Biology
BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal

ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science
ENVSCI 702 Applied Estuarine Ecology
ENVSCI 705 Handling Environmental Data
ENVSCI 711 Assessing Environmental Effects
ENVSCI 733 Biodiversity Management and Conservation

ENVMGT 741 Social Change for Sustainability
ENVMGT 742 Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
ENVMGT 744 Resource Management
ENVMGT 746 Collaborative Environmental Management

GEOG 730 Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
GEOG 748 Current Issues in Coastal Management

INDIGEN 711 Indigenous Environmental Politics
LAWENVIR 710 International Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 721 Special Topic: Ocean Governance Law
LAWENVIR 770 Global Environmental Governance

MAORI 732 Rangatiratanga
MARINE 702 Field Techniques in Marine Science

30 points: MARINE 790 Project

Master of Marine Conservation 180 point Research Masters

45 points:

MARINE 701 Current Issues in Marine Science
MARINE 703 Marine Protected Areas
MARINE 705 Special Topic: Ocean Management and Planning

45 points from: 

BIOSCI 724 Marine Ecology
BIOSCI 727 Aquaculture
BIOSCI 735 Advanced Behavioural Ecology
BIOSCI 738 Advanced Biological Data Analysis
BIOSCI 739 Dialogues in Biology
BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal

ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science
ENVSCI 702 Applied Estuarine Ecology
ENVSCI 705 Handling Environmental Data
ENVSCI 711 Assessing Environmental Effects
ENVSCI 733 Biodiversity Management and Conservation

ENVMGT 741 Social Change for Sustainability
ENVMGT 742 Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
ENVMGT 744 Resource Management
ENVMGT 746 Collaborative Environmental Management

GEOG 730 Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future
GEOG 748 Current Issues in Coastal Management

INDIGEN 711 Indigenous Environmental Politics
LAWENVIR 710 International Environmental Law
LAWENVIR 721 Special Topic: Ocean Governance Law
LAWENVIR 770 Global Environmental Governance

MAORI 732 Rangatiratanga
MARINE 702 Field Techniques in Marine Science

90 points:

MARINE 795 Thesis

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.

2020 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
  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 4

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed either:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, BioScience, Marine Science or similar.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience.

You must have completed either:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, BioScience, Marine Science or similar.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience.

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
  • Study option
    Research 180 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 4.0
  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed either:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, BioScience, Marine Science or similar.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree in the same field as your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

You must have completed either:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, BioScience, Marine Science or similar.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience.

OR

  • An undergraduate degree in the same field as your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.
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 Marine Conservation cost per year?

2020 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,566.80 – $10,308*
International students
NZ$42,814*

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 $7.86 per point, estimated at $1,414.80 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

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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?

Graduates of the MMarineCons will have a unique set of technical and practical skills which enable you to be highly competitive in the professional world of marine conservation. Links between policy, management and pure science are creating new job opportunities in this exciting field of work.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Marine conservation manager
  • Project manager
  • Scientist

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