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Marine Science - Postgraduate options

Subject description


Marine Science is an interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary 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 (EEZ) of about 4 million km² and the potential for an even larger Legal Continental Shelf (LCS). 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.

Centered at the Institute of Marine Science (IMS), Marine Science is a Faculty wide programme involving many of the other science disciplines. Postgraduate Marine Science students can take advantage of our new purpose-built marine facilities at the edge of New Zealand's first marine reserve, and our collaborations with NIWA, Cawthron and selected national and international universities which provide opportunities for our graduates beyond the campus environment.


Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Marine Science

The prerequisite is an approved BSc, BE, or equivalent degree.


Master of Science (MSc) - Marine Science

The prerequisite is a PGDipSci in Marine Science or equivalent.

Requirements: Research Masters

  • 120 points: MARINE 796 MSc Thesis in Marine Science
  • 240 points:

15 points: MARINE 701

15 points: BIOSCI 761, CHEM 795, ENVSCI 701

90 points from the following 700 level courses including at least two of the following subject areas: BIOSCI 724-727, ENVSCI 702, 704, 714, ENVMGT 746, GEOG 746, 748, GEOPHYS 711-713, 761, 762, MARINE 702, 703, STATS 767, 775, or other courses approved by the Programme Coordinator

120 points: MARINE 796 MSc Thesis in Marine Science


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:

  • Research Organisations - Crown Research Institutes such as NIWA and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences
  • Universities - Auckland graduates are prominent as staff members at a number of New Zealand and Australian universities, including Otago, Waikato, AUT, James Cook University, University of Tasmania
  • Private Sector - for example fisheries and aquaculture: Sanfords, Biomarine; Environmental Consultants: Kingett Mitchell, Woodward-Clyde; Education: Wild South Television etc
  • Public Sector - Local Territorial Authorities, City and Regional Councils, MAF Fisheries, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation

Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Marine Science Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Dr Alwyn Rees
Postgraduate Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83600
Email: ta.rees@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.marine.auckland.ac.nz