Marine Science


Marine Science is an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary endeavour encompassing the physical, biological and some social and economic dimensions of the marine environment. New Zealand occupies a strategic position in the Southwest Pacific, with a large Exclusive Economic Zone of about 4 million km² and the potential for an even larger Legal Continental Shelf. A major challenge facing New Zealand in the 21st century is to continue to advance the science and policy base necessary to provide for development and sustainable management of this vast marine realm. New Zealand has an internationally recognised tradition of marine research and training, and there will clearly be an ongoing need for well-trained marine scientists in a range of disciplines within New Zealand.

Areas of study

Areas include research planning and communication, theory and practice of geography, marine ecology, ecological physiology, aquaculture, analysis and modelling of environmental systems, water quality science, marine protected areas, collaborative conservation and indigenous rights, environmental geochemistry, coastal dynamics, costal evolution, coastal management, paleontology – principles and practice, sedimentary processes, wave propagation, fluid mechanics and application.

You can study Marine Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

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Career opportunities

The number of jobs in Marine Science is increasing steadily due to economic, social and legislative factors. Marine Science graduates find employment in a wide range of areas including:

  • Research organisations - Crown Research Institutes such as NIWA and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences
  • Universities - University of Auckland graduates are prominent staff members at a number of New Zealand and Australian universities, including Otago, Waikato, AUT, James Cook University and the University of Tasmania
  • The private sector - fisheries and aquaculture: Sanfords, Biomarine; environmental consultants: Kingett Mitchell, Woodward-Clyde; education: Wild South Television
  • The public sector - local territorial authorities, city and regional councils, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry for the Environment and Department of Conservation.

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