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Biosecurity and Conservation

Biosecurity - quick facts
Taught by

School of Biological Sciences

School of Environment

In partnership with Landcare Research through the Centre of Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Available as a subject for

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Master of Science (MSc)

Further information

Science Postgraduate Prospectus

Biosecurity and Conservation Postgraduate Handbook

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Subject description



The postgraduate programmes in Biosecurity and Conservation offer advanced training for graduates and practitioners who wish to learn more about the science behind current biosecurity issues.

Graduates will work on real-life research and management, and network with future employers, gaining the confidence and skills to contribute to the rapidly growing fields of biosecurity and conservation. The programme covers a range of topics including new discoveries in contemporary environmental and life sciences, and their translation into tools for conservation and the management of invasive species.

The programmes will also offer networking opportunities for students to meet practitioners and leaders from the biosecurity sector and related research areas. Postgraduate research in this area is also supported by the Joint Graduate School in Biodiversity and Biosecurity.



Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Biosecurity and Conservation

Prerequisite: An approved BSc or equivalent experience subject to approval by the Programme Director


Master of Science (MSc) - Biosecurity and Conservation

Prerequisite: A PGDipSci in Biosecurity including BIOSCI 761 or ENVSCI 701, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Director, School of Biological Sciences, or the Director, School of Environment

Requirement: Research Masters

  • 120 points: BIOSEC 796 Thesis in Biosecurity and Conservation

Career opportunities

Potential opportunities for graduates include employment throughout the biosecurity sector in organisations such as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), local government, research consultancies, private pest control companies, non-governmental conservation organisations, Department of Conservation, Crown Research Institutes, and the tertiary education sector.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Biosecurity and Conservation Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Dr Margaret Stanley
School of Biological Sciences
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 86819
Email: mc.stanley@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz