What is it like?
More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by seawater – this marine environment plays a crucial role in supporting life on our planet. It is diverse, complex and a valued natural resource.
Be sought-after by employers
Imagine monitoring whale movements and their impact on fish species or providing consultancy on sustainable practices for construction near waterways. As a marine biologist your unique skills and knowledge will be in huge demand and lead to a range of jobs working independently, or for agencies like DOC, NIWA and the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Exciting study areas
Learn about majestic creatures of the underwater world, gain skills for understanding changes in the abundance and distribution of populations, or the processes governing the stability and resilience of our marine ecosystems.
Giving you the skills you’ll need
Massey’s marine biology programme will introduce you to the biological principles and processes that are basic to all forms of life in the sea. You will learn about the ecology of marine organisms; how they interact with one another, with their environment, and the land. You will gain a solid grounding in marine biology history and theory. Studying at Massey will also give you practical skills in field biology and data analysis, and support you in formulating and answering complex questions about the marine environment.
Marine biology opens the door to an exciting and dynamic career. Jobs include working in:
- The private sector as an environmental consultant
- Government agencies such as the Ministry of Primary Industries or the Department of Conservation
- A Crown Research Institute, such as the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences
- For an environmental consultancy such as the Cawthorn Institute
- Or researching for a university