What will I learn?

Study marine biology in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Plenty. Our students join us from all over the world to be a part of the fantastic field trips and to be with like-minded people learning about our stunning marine and freshwater environments, and the role they play in a healthy ecosystem. You'll learn about the fascinating range of plants, invertebrates, mammals, birds and fish that live above and below the water.

If you continue on to the Level 6 diploma, you'll gain more advanced skills and knowledge, with a focus on research, and environmental and ecological reporting and monitoring. You’ll also be able to choose from a range of elective papers with an aquaculture, biosecurity, ecological, diving, or marine tourism focus. If you choose the coral reef ecology and monitoring option you may even travel as far as Papua New Guinea to study the reefs.

By the time you graduate you’ll have gained a variety of practical and risk management skills, and if you want to gain a degree, these diplomas are your ticket into the third year of the Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Marine) (Level 5)

If you select the diving pathway as an option you may also receive the award of:

National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3)

Career opportunities

This course is designed as entry to the Level 6 diploma. By completing the Level 6 diploma, you could gain employment in a number of exciting areas, including:

freshwater or marine monitoring

biosecurity

iwi liaison

fisheries enforcement officers/observers on fishing vessels

biosecurity officers

diving - PADI instructors

specialised research projects

environmental reporting

own business enterprises

roles within regional councils (education, dune care), NZ Customs, MPI, aquariums, or aquaculture industry.

Topics you'll cover

The papers you'll study within this diploma include:

Conservation Biology and Sustainability

Risk Management

Marine Botany

Introduction to Marine Science and Ecology

Marine Invertebrates

Marine Vertebrates

Marine Biology Surveying Techniques

Plus choose one of the following:

Waste Management, or

Fisheries Management

Further Study Options

New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6), Marine Strand

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Majoring in Ecology and Biodiversity

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Primary Industries, Trades and Infrastructure

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$19,950.00 (US$ 14,262) per year
Start date

To be confirmed

Venue

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Windermere Campus,

70 Windermere Drive,

TAURANGA,

Poike,

3112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For certificate and diploma programmes at Levels 5 and 6, all international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/ Te Reo M?ori or education achievement, at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; Or equivalent; Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the program. Applicants must meet the English language requirements: Level 5: IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)- Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications- B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36. Level 6: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; OET- Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Cambridge English Qualifications- B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

For international students

All international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; or evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

NB: If you choose to follow the diving pathway through the diplomas you'll need to enrol in the National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3) or equivalent, which gives you PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver qualifications. The National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3) is offered at Toi Ohomai at the same time as the diploma and we'll talk this through with you when you apply.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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