School of Biological Sciences

Marine Biology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


Marine Biology, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) major, is the study of ocean organisms and how they interact with one another and their environment. New Zealand has one of the most extraordinary and unspoilt marine ecosystems in the world, and Victoria is a leader in the field of Marine Biology. The University has its own marine field station, the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab, and its own research vessels—the Raukawa Challenger and the Pipi.

As well as links with a host of New Zealand and international universities, the Marine Biology group has ties with industry and all the major players in the public sector of the marine industry. These include Crown Research Institutes such as NIWA, the Ministry of Fisheries, and the Department of Conservation, all of which are located in Wellington. These varied links mean that at Victoria you will learn both how the oceans work and how humans interact with the marine environment.

Victoria also benefits from its proximity to New Zealand's major fishing port, Nelson, and the nation's aquaculture centre, the Marlborough Sounds. No other university is better placed to study life in the sea.

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Undergraduate information

BSc major requirements

  1. BIOL 111, 113, 114, STAT 193
  2. BIOL 227, 228, 271, STAT 292
  3. BIOL 370, 371, 372

Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study in Marine Biology can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Biological Sciences courses are taught in the School of Biological Sciences. The School Office is located on Level 5, Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.

For more information contact:

Dr James Bell
Programme Manager Marine Biology
Phone: 04 463 5233, extn 8104

Mary Murray
Phone: 04 463 5339

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