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Master of Marine Conservation

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 3 semesters
Cost Domestic students between NZ$8,566.80 – $10,308 and International students NZ$42,814

The Master of Marine Conservation focuses on finding solutions to complex issues that characterise the management and conservation of the marine environment.

The number and size of marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasing in response to intensifying pressures on our oceans and the need to provide more robust guardianship of marine ecosystems. Protected by law, MPAs require skilled scientists and environmental managers from diverse backgrounds to advocate for, design, monitor and protect them.  

The MMarineCons is developed and taught in partnership with Conservation International (CI) and provides essential skills for people looking for careers in MPAresearch and management, and marine conservation more generally.

If you are already working in this exciting field, or you want make an impact in the marine conservation world, the MMarineCons will give you the opportunity to upskill, improve knowledge, and gain research experience. The programme also provides learning and hands-on experience in policy and strategic management and will benefit graduates from other disciplines wanting to work in this field.

This program is primarily taught at the city campus with some classes and courses taught at the Leigh Marine Laboratory. The program can be a taught program (non-thesis) and a research program (with thesis). 

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling