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Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

Unitec Institute of Technology

Summary

In this degree programme, you'll get your hands dirty straight away, learning about ecosystems, conservation issues, sustainable management of land, animals, and plant life, as well as the management strategies that promote the conservation of biodiversity and address biosecurity.

As a biodiversity management student, you’ll explore how ecosystems function and support biological diversity, and how managers of biodiversity are responding to increasing concern over the impact of human activities on the planet.

Highlights

  • Developed in response to increasing global concerns over the human impact on our natural environment
  • Emphasis on practical application: possible work experience in applied settings for organisations like the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Department of Conservation (DOC), the Auckland Council or volunteer organisations
  • A chance to complete a research project in an area of your own interest in order to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field
  • One of our biggest strengths is plant identification, a skill well regarded by the conservation industry. We’ll help you develop your knowledge and confidence with plant identification
  • A teaching team of highly qualified and respected scientists and industry consultants including botanists and an ornithologist

Double major

Study a double major and you'll get the best of both worlds, with a selection of animal- and environment-related courses. Studying for a double major is highly recommended. Double majors further grow your knowledge and capabilities, and it makes you more employable and competitive in the job market.

CAREER OPTIONS

  • Biosecurity officer
  • Conservation manager
  • Ecology consultant
  • Environmental officer
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst
  • MPI quarantine officer
  • Regional parks manager

Entry criteria

Academic requirements:

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age when they begin their studies

Successful completion of Year 13 (NCEA Level 3) with minimum of with minimum of 48 credits (approx.) 42 credits (approx.) or International Baccalaureate score 24+ or Cambridge International Examination (CIE) 120 points on UCAS tariff.

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic). Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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