Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.
Marine Biology 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.
Marine Biology can be studied as a major in the Bachelor of Science (BSc). The University has its own marine field station, the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory (VUCEL), 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.
Marine Biology major requirements
- BIOL 111, 113, 114, STAT 193
- BIOL 227, 228, 271, STAT 292
- BIOL 370, 371, 372
Information about postgraduate study in Marine Biology can be found on the School of Biological Sciences website.
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Biological Sciences courses are taught in the School of Biological Sciences. The School Office is located on Level 5, Kirk Building, Kelburn campus.
Dr James Bell
Programme Manager Marine Biology
Phone: 04-463 5233, extn 8104
Phone: 04-463 5339