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Master of Marine Conservation

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


180 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Auckland


Make a difference in the marine conservation field.

Programme overview

The Master of Marine Conservation focuses on finding solutions to complex issues that characterise the management and conservation of the marine environment.

The number and size of marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasing in response to intensifying pressures on our oceans and the need to provide more robust guardianship of marine ecosystems. Protected by law, MPAs require skilled scientists and environmental managers from diverse backgrounds to advocate for, design, monitor and protect them.

The MMarineCons is developed and taught in partnership with Conservation International (CI) and provides essential skills for people looking for careers in MPA

research and management, and marine conservation more generally.

If you are already working in this exciting field, or you want make an impact in the marine conservation world, the MMarineCons will give you the opportunity to upskill, improve knowledge, and gain research experience. The programme also provides learning and hands-on experience in policy and strategic management and will benefit graduates from other disciplines wanting to work in this field.

This programme is primarily taught at the city campus with some classes and courses taught at the Leigh Marine Laboratory.

Programme structure

The MMarineCons is a 180 point research or taught masters programme that can be completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.

This programme includes a mixture of core courses and elective courses on topics related to marine conservation such as marine ecology and biology, conservation biology, environmental science, social science, environmental management and policy.

Master of Marine Conservation 180 point Taught Masters

Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the MMarineCons will have a unique set of technical and practical skills which enable you to be highly competitive in the professional world of marine conservation. Links between policy, management and pure science are creating new job opportunities in this exciting field of work.

Jobs related to this programme

Marine conservation manager

Project manager


Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

You must have completed either:

A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Bioscience, Marine Science or similar.


An undergraduate degree with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience.


An undergraduate degree in the same field as your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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