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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Biosecurity and Conservation

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Newmarket Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Programme structure

The PGDipSci programme involves one year of full-time study, or up to four years of part-time study, after you have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • 120 points in your specialist subject listed in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule
  • A project or dissertation of up to 45 points may be included

Summer School will start in January.

Biosecurity and Conservation

Biosecurity and Conservation is about the management of the natural environment to protect it from biosecurity threats.

Do you want to play a vital role in protecting New Zealand’s natural treasures?

Biosecurity and Conservation explores courses in Biology, Environmental Management and Environmental Science to provide training in biodiversity, conservation science, biosecurity and invasion biology, with a focus on Aotearoa-New Zealand’s unique indigenous environments.

You’ll learn about the science behind current biosecurity and conservation issues, while working alongside our researchers, some who are leaders in their field. You’ll also be provided with opportunities to learn from biosecurity and conservation practitioners from Auckland Council, the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Where can Biosecurity and Conservation take you?

Postgraduate study in Biosecurity and Conservation prepares students for employment in the biosecurity and conservation sector in organisations such as the Ministry for Primary Industries, local government, environmental consultancies, private pest-control companies, non-governmental conservation organisations, the Department of Conservation, Crown Research Institutes and the tertiary education sector.

Further study options

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

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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