Why study marine science?

  • Jobs There are jobs in government and crown agencies, regional councils, universities, consulting companies, teaching, and commercial companies (fisheries, aquaculture, food processing)
  • Wisdom Most of our planet is ocean, so understanding the ocean is understanding how the planet functions (e.g., climate change, carbon cycle, oxygen)
  • Career Many companies that interact with the ocean benefit from staff who understand ocean life and oceanography (e.g., media, yachting, shipping, fishing, recreation, tourism) which can make their jobs more fulfilling
  • Identity It underpins New Zealand’s culture, history, political role internationally, and economy (including food, transport, conservation)
  • Skills Marine science is by nature multi-disciplinary, so students learn a breadth of skills across sciences, both technical and professional (e.g., writing, statistics, data analysis and presentation)

Why is the University of Auckland such a good place to study marine science?

  • Diversity of staff We have over 20 academic staff specialising in marine sciences across the Institute of Marine Science, School of Biological Sciences, Statistics, and School of Environment, plus staff with marine interests in Chemistry, Physics, Anthropology, Engineering, Medicine, Business School, and Maori Studies; many of these staff are world leaders in their field
  • Leigh Marine Laboratory provides facilities for student fieldtrips including overnight accommodation, a research vessel, aquariums and research laboratories
  • Employers We have close working relationships, including co-appointed staff, with marine research organisations such as NIWA (Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington) and Cawthorn (Nelson), Auckland Council, and hosts Conservation International (one of the largest international non-governmental environmental organisations)
  • Networks We have a large national and international network of potential employers and advisors, including alumni and collaborators with our staff

What courses are on offer?

  1. There is one specialised marine course each year (Marine 100, 202, 302) and three at Post-Graduate Diploma level (Marine 701, 702, 703)
  2. students also take a selection from the wide range of marine courses run by the Schools of Biological Science, Environment (Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Geography, Geology), and Statistics. This means you can do a marine science option while doing other courses that may be your primary focus
  3. For details see http://www.science.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/subjects-and-specialisations/ug-majors/marine-science-ug.html and https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/auckland/science/study-with-us/docs/prospectuses/marine-science-ug-2018.pdf
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