Faculty of Science

Marine Conservation

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Biological Sciences.


Marine Conservation educates students in marine conservation issues and practice using examples from New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, which are applicable worldwide. This course is New Zealand's first graduate programme in Marine Conservation.

New Zealand is an ideal location to undertake study in this important field, with unparalleled access to a range of temperate marine environments, including rocky shores, estuaries, fiords and sea mounts. Wellington itself is within easy reach of two marine reserves – Kapiti and Taputeranga. The course also leverages New Zealand’s international reputation in marine conservation and fisheries management.

Marine Conservation courses are taught by the School of Biological Sciences at postgraduate level only. Undergraduates interested in this area study Marine Biology.

Victoria University offers a 12 – 18 month coursework Master of Marine Conservation programme and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Conservation.

For more detailed information on the School of Biological Sciences and its programmes, see School of Biological Sciences.

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How to find out more

More information about postgraduate study at Victoria is available from the Faculty of Graduate Research.

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.

Relevant courses are taught within the School of Biological Sciences, New Kirk Building. School Office: Level 5.

Please contact:

Dr James Bell
Programme Director
Phone: 04 463 8104
Email: james.bell@vuw.ac.nz

Mary Murray
Administration Assistant
Phone: 04 463 5339
Email: biosci@vuw.ac.nz

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List of courses

See the list of postgraduate Marine Conservation courses.