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Master of Conservation Biology - MConBio

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Enhance your skills and knowledge and make a difference to the environment with postgraduate study of conservation biology.

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 in New Zealand and around the world.

Wellington is an international hot spot 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.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 180 points

Include three core courses:

  • Invasive Species, Biosecurity and Law (BIOL 405)
  • Conservation Ecology (BIOL 420)
  • New Zealand Conservation Practice (BIOL 424)

Include further courses worth 90 points from:

  • BIOL 401-440
  • BIOL 510-530
  • ERES 525-527
  • Other courses approved by the Head of School

Entry criteria

Appropriate Bachelor's degree or extensive professional and academic experience.

Proof of English proficiency

  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0
  • TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing
  • Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)
  • EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 15 Oct and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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