Study marine biology in New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Plenty. Our students join us from all over the world to be a part of the fantastic field trips and to be with like-minded people learning about our stunning marine and freshwater environments, and the role they play in a healthy ecosystem.
You'll learn about the fascinating range of plants, invertebrates, mammals, birds and fish that live above and below the water.
The year of study will whet your appetite to continue on to the Level 6 diploma, where you'll gain more advanced skills and knowledge, with a focus on research, and environmental and ecological reporting and monitoring.
You’ll also be able to choose from a range of elective papers with an aquaculture, biosecurity, ecological, diving, or marine tourism focus. If you choose the coral reef ecology and monitoring option you may even travel as far as Papua New Guinea to study the reefs.
By the time you graduate you’ll have gained a variety of practical and risk management skills, and if you want to gain a degree, these diplomas are your ticket into the third year of the Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Marine) (Level 5)
If you select the diving pathway as an option you may also receive the award of:
- National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
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This course is designed as entry to the Level 6 diploma. Career opportunities on completion of the Level 6 diploma include:
- freshwater or marine monitoring
- iwi liaison
- fisheries enforcement officers/observers on fishing vessels
- biosecurity officers
- diving - PADI instructors
- specialised research projects
- environmental reporting
- own business enterprises
- roles within:
- regional councils (education, dune care)
- NZ Customs
- aquaculture industry (New Zealand and overseas)
Topics you'll cover
- Conservation Biology and Sustainability
- Risk Management
- Marine Botany
- Introduction to Marine Science and Ecology
- Marine Invertebrates
- Marine Vertebrates
- Marine Biology Surveying Techniques
Plus choose one of the following:
- Waste Management, or
- Fisheries Management
|Indicative Fees||$6,443 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
There will be an additional fee of $1,400 if you also enrol in the National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3).
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
If you are a domestic applicant under the age of 20, you must have:
- a minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent (suggested subjects are English, Mathematics and Biology/Sciences)
If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.
Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.
NB: If you choose to follow the diving pathway through the diplomas you'll need to enrol in the National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3) or equivalent, which gives you PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver qualifications. The National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3) is offered at Toi Ohomai at the same time as the diploma and we'll talk this through with you when you apply.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
You must have the ability to complete the physical requirements of the course.
If you select the diving option then you must provide a certified doctor's certificate within two weeks of the course start date stating you are fit to dive.
English language requirements
Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)