Degrees that take you places

Coastal Marine Field Station staff are involved with teaching undergraduate papers towards the Bachelor of Science degree, and supervise students working on post-graduate research. Technical staff also provide hands-on assistance with field work.



Students can complete the final year of their Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biological Sciences entirely in Tauranga. They first complete a Diploma in Environmental Management or Diploma in Marine Studies through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Tauranga, before transferring through to the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. Admission is dependent on completing either diploma with at least a B grade average.



A growing number of students are taking up opportunities to further their study by conducting research in a wide range of fields in the Bay of Plenty coastal marine environment at Masters and PhD level.

In particular, the increase in research activity following the Rena incident has created significant opportunities for students to be involved in crucial research that will influence science at a global level.

Many postgraduate students are based at the Marine Station, while others work at the University’s Hamilton campus and spend time in Tauranga doing field work.

Summer Research Scholarships

Excellent learning opportunities are available for students wanting to be involved in highly relevant hands-on research around the Bay of Plenty, through the University of Waikato Summer Research Scholarships.

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Professor Battershill also over-sees the New Zealand operation of the multidisciplinary INTERCOAST programme.

INTERCOAST – ‘Integrated Coastal Zone and Shelf-Sea Research’ - is a collaboration between the University of Waikato and the University of Breman in Germany to study the marine systems of the Bay of Plenty and better understand the significant changes taking place in our coastal environment.  Similar research is conducted around the North Sea in Germany.

Research themes deal with global and climate change which have strong impacts in coastal and shelf-sea areas and are of geoscientific, socio-economic, and legal interest.

This international training group will educate young, highly motivated, interdisciplinary qualified and internationally visible scientists in the fields of Marine Geosciences, Marine Biology, Social Sciences and Law.

The New Zealand and German governments have a co-operative science agreement, and INTERCOAST was the first project to come out of what is officially called the New Zealand-Germany Science and Technological Agreement.

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School group visits

We welcome school groups coming to visit the field station. You can either contact us directly to arrange a visit time, or get in contact with House of Science director, Chris Duggan: