All our courses are offered online at the moment for international students because of the COVID-19 pandemic border closures in New Zealand.
Human impact, loss of biodiversity and a growing awareness of environmental change make conservation biology more important every day.
Linking conservation, ecology, biodiversity and sustainability, the Master of Conservation Biology is a one-year, 180-point professional Master's. You'll get the scientific expertise you need to do conservation work around the world.
Wellington is an international hotspot for biodiversity and studying with the School of Biological Sciences you'll learn from world leaders in conservation practice—internationally respected scientists whose work informs the management of New Zealand’s unique biota.
Using theoretical and field-based approaches in a range of terrestrial and marine environments, you’ll explore the processes of conservation biology. Examine internationally renowned examples of conservation best practice in action, and gain skills in experimental design, the collection, and analysis of data and the presentation of research results.
You'll graduate with the expertise to make a valuable contribution to the conservation of the natural environment.
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One of your core courses is held in the field, visiting key conservation sites in New Zealand.
BIOL 424 New Zealand Conservation Practice involves travel around the country to observe management practices and become familiar with the unique plants and animals of New Zealand.
Studying in Wellington offers unparalleled access to the natural wealth of New Zealand. Private and public conservation sites are close by creating opportunities to gain research experience and learn conservation techniques.
Zealandia and Otari-Wilton's Bush are within the city boundaries and an ecological restoration programme is underway on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour.
Two marine reserves are also close to Wellington city—Taputeranga on the south coast and Kapiti, an hour's drive north.
Advance your expertise with a PhD study
If you want to pursue an academic or research career, you can complete 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.
The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) will handle your application and support you throughout your PhD study.
Contact the Faculty of Science about available supervision before you apply.