Victoria’s Master of Marine Conservation (MMarCon) is the only taught Master’s degree in marine conservation in New Zealand. The program educates students in marine conservation issues and practice through course and field work from New Zealand, Australia and the Asia–Pacific region. Students are prepared for a career in a range of marine conservation areas worldwide, including the conservation and management of marine organisms and ecosystems.
Much of the teaching takes places at Victoria's Coastal Ecology Laboratory—an active research facility in Island Bay, just 8 kilometres from the main campus, and situated right on the doorstep of 76 kilometres of accessible coastline along Wellington harbor with nearby access to two marine reserves. The lab provides 816 square meters of state-of-the-art research space, including two wet lab facilities, and access to two marine research vessels.
+ Master of Conservation Biology
- Field Courses: Two of the core courses, 'New Zealand Conservation Practice' and 'Tropical Marine Conservation Practice', are field courses. You'll visit several world-renowned marine conservation sites in New Zealand and overseas.
- Wellington is an international hot spot for biodiversity and studying at Victoria you'll learn from world leaders in conservation practice—internationally respected scientists whose work informs the management of NZ’s unique biota.
- New Zealand’s natural living space is a biological scientist’s dream!
- You'll also examine marine conservation issues of cultural and socioeconomic significance to Māori and Pacific peoples, such as exploitation of coastal regions and ecotourism, seabed and foreshore rights, and community-led conservation strategies.
- Complete the qualification in a single year (12 months).