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MSc(Tech) - Ecology and Biodiversity as a main subject

The Master of Science (Technology) is a unique degree that allows students to complete a relevant, real-world research project in combination with an industry partner or other external stakeholder.

In studying Ecology and Biodiversity you’ll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand’s most important ecosystems.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,050 - $9,039 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $38,915 (120 points) or $58,370 (180 pts) per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Biodiversity Management
  • Biodiversity Advisor
  • Biodiversity Surveyor
  • Biosecurity and Customs Officer
  • Conservation Ranger
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Resource Manager
  • Resource Planner
  • Weed Management Advisor
  • Pest Management Advisor
  • Field Researcher
  • Technical Officer
  • Ecological Consultant
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Museum Collections Technician
  • Museum Curator
  • Taxonomist
  • Land Management Officer
  • Zoo Keeper

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Eco&Biod), PGDip(Eco&Biod), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc(Res) and MSc(Tech)

To complete a postgraduate subject in Ecology and Biodiversity, students must complete a minimum of 60 points of taught papers at 500 level, including at least 30 points with an BIOEB prefix from the papers in List A, and a maximum of 30 points from the papers in List B. They must also complete any research requirement for their degree, typically BIOEB592 (60 points), BIOEB593 (90 points) or BIOEB594 (120 points), as well as any other degree requirements. Candidates should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.

List A papers are: BIOEB501, BIOEB502, BIOEB503, BIOEB504, BIOEB505 and BIOEB506.

List B papers are: BIOMO503, BIOMO512, EARTH502, ENVSC502, ENVSC504, ENVSC505, PSYCH538, PSYCH559, PSYCH561, SCIEN511 and SCIEN512.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
BIOEB501Applications of Animal Behaviour15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper will critically examine key research topics and current issues in Animal behaviour. We learn about key concepts through classic papers in Animal Behaviour and contrast these with current papers to assess how these concepts have developed over time, and how researchers use innovative approaches to address long standing pr...
BIOEB502Trends in Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on current trends in evolutionary and environmental genomics. The variety of contemporary applied topics includes conservation and invasion genomics, evolution in a warming world, ethics and data sovereignty, and personalised medicine.
BIOEB503Terrestrial Ecology15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop students' understanding of ecological theory with a focus on terrestrial ecosystems, and of how theory can inform ecosystem management and our understanding of environmental problems. As well as exploring some of the big questions in contemporary ecology (both nationally and internationally), the paper fo...
BIOEB504Freshwater Ecology15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face, e.g., eutrophication, pollution, conservation, and utilisation and explores the research around methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
BIOEB505Coastal and Estuarine Ecology15.023X (Block)
This paper emphasises multi-disciplinary science to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. The course will cover ecological principles through to the impacts associated with human activities and their management.
BIOEB506Environmental Physiology15.023B (Hamilton)
An examination of selected topics in environmental physiology, considering how animals and plants interact with their environment and influence ecological processes in natural and managed ecosystems.
BIOEB592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
BIOEB593Ecology and Biodiversity Thesis90.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOEB594Ecology and Biodiversity Thesis120.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
BIOMO503Microbiomes15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper explores microbiomes in the environment and in association with multicellular organisms, including humans, to understand their critical ecological roles in ecosystem and host function and health.
BIOMO512Molecular Techniques for Environmental Science15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper will introduce students of diverse scientific backgrounds to current and emerging molecular analytic and diagnostic techniques used across biological and environmental sciences.
EARTH502Land and Soil: Resources and Risks15.023A (Hamilton)
In this paper students initially gain practical experience in large-scale soil mapping and in evaluating land-use capability (LUC) on a research farm. They then examine various issues associated with land use, especially its intensification, including the management of farm dairy effluent, soil degradation, and soil contamination. ...
ENVSC502Conservation and Restoration: Theory and Practice15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the application of scientific principles and theories in conservation biology and restoration ecology, with particular reference to New Zealand examples showcasing management of species and ecosystems impacted by human activities.
ENVSC504Pollution and Environmental Contaminants15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the ecological effects of chemical and non-chemical pollution. Analysing online databases and the scientific literature provides practical and theoretical understanding of the impacts of pollution and methods to measure such effects.
ENVSC505Environmental Systems: Biogeosciences across Scales15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper examines how core concepts in the multidisciplinary field of biogeochemistry provide a systems understanding across scales.
PSYCH538Applications of Behaviour Analysis15.023B (Hamilton) & 23B (Online)
This paper focuses on the implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in practice. Behavioural interventions and programmes, including common manualised interventions, will be reviewed. The objective is to identify critical components and essential practical skills, and to provide opportunity to practice these skills. Implem...
PSYCH561Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
This course provides an in-depth introduction to the conceptual foundations and core principles of behaviour analysis, including research and theory related to the concepts of reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, derived stimulus relations, and motivating operations.
SCIEN512Data Analysis and Experimental Design15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
SCIEN592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCIEN593Thesis90.023X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCIEN594Thesis120.023I (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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