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Master of Science in Marine Biology

Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington
English
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Program description

Build on your Bachelor's degree with advanced scientific study at Master's level and become a leader in your field.

Get a degree that's recognised worldwide and contribute to knowledge in your field. A Master of Science (MSc) will develop your technical, laboratory and academic writing skills to prepare you for a career in science.

The MSc will take you between two and two and half years of full-time study or up to four years part time. In the first year of your MSc you'll take several courses related to your specialist subject area. Next, you'll carry out in-depth supervised research for 12–15 months and write a thesis. During your studies you might also author publications for peer-reviewed journals.

To do an MSc you'll need a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, with an average grade of B+ or higher in your subject area. You may also be able to qualify for entry if you have appropriate work or other experience.

The MSc by thesis will take you between 12 and 15 months to complete. You'll carry out in-depth supervised research and write a thesis. During your studies you might also author publications for peer-reviewed journals.
To do an MSc by thesis you'll need an Honours degree or postgraduate diploma in an appropriate field, with an average grade of B+ or higher in your subject area.

Study for a PhD

If you do well in your Master's degree, and show an aptitude for advanced research, you'll be able to apply to do a PhD.

You’ll work under supervision to produce original research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge. Full-time candidates usually complete the degree within three to four years.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 240 points, including:

120 points from 400- and 500-level courses

A Master's thesis course worth 120 points

Subject requirements

For this subject you'll need to:

Have previously completed:

Approved courses worth 60 points from BIOL 300-399

Statistics in Practice (STAT 193) or equivalent

Complete courses worth 120 points:

Marine Biodiversity and Ecology (BIOL 423)

Research Preparation (BIOL 580)

Further approved courses worth 60 points from:

BIOL 401-440

Principles of Marine Conservation (BIOL 519)

Ecological Restoration (ERES 525)

Ecological Restoration Practicum (ERES 526)

Ecological Restoration and Conservation Skills (ERES 527)

Other courses approved by the Head of School

Complete Thesis (BMAR 591)

Admission requirements

MSc by coursework and thesis:

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree or relevant graduate or postgraduate diploma

To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study

To be accepted by the head of the school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

MSc by thesis:

A Bachelor's degree with Honours or relevant postgraduate diploma

To have met the prerequisites for the subject you wish to study

To be accepted by the head of the school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0; or TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing; or Pearson Test of English: A score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58); EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Situated in New Zealand's vibrant, entrepreneurial capital city, Victoria University of Wellington offers students the opportunity to benefit from University connections to industries, government and research organisations strategically located in the capital. Victoria is proud to be New Zealand's number...


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Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Parade
6012 Wellington
New Zealand

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