School of Biological Sciences

Marine Biology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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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.

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Undergraduate information

Marine Biology major requirements

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

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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

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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

Mary Murray
School Administrator
Phone: 04-463 5339

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