Continue your studies in marine science in the Bay of Plenty's awesome outdoor environment. This level 6 diploma will set you up with more in-depth skills and knowledge and lead you into advanced study to gain your degree.
You'll build on your level 5 course knowledge of marine biology as well as study new fields such as freshwater ecology, and continue your learning in a choice of elective papers such as aquaculture, biosecurity, coral reef ecology and monitoring, PADI instructors, scientific diving or marine tourism.
This course has a strong focus on research, and environmental reporting and monitoring, meaning you get the opportunity to work alongside industry and apply your skills in real-world surveying, sampling and monitoring projects. You also learn how to design research and manage data, and understand the regulatory environment.
Depending on your choice of subjects, you could be taking off to remote offshore islands such as Tuhua or Slipper, or even Papua New Guinea* to study unique environments, monitor ecosystems or survey indigenous species. Have a look at the awesome field trips our students have taken over the last few years.
Environmental sustainability is crucial to our global decision-making. Sharp, enthusiastic graduates, who understand marine environments and how they are influenced by human activities, are essential to support informed environmental management now and in the future.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Marine) (Level 6)
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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- 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)
Students gain employment in a number of exciting areas. Or, open up more career opportunities for yourself by moving into the third year of the Bachelor of Science with the University of Waikato here at Toi Ohomai. You may even decide to continue on further to complete your Masters and PhD.
Topics you'll cover
- Research Design and Data Management
- Environmental Reporting
- The Regulatory Environment
- Freshwater Ecology and Monitoring
- Marine Ecology and Monitoring
Plus you'll choose THREE electives.
If you wish to focus on aquaculture, it is recommended you select:
- Aquaculture 1: Systems Design and Maintenance
- Aquaculture 2: Growth, Feeds, Nutrition and Sustainability
- plus one other elective
If you wish to focus on diving and tourism, it's recommended you select:
- PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors
- Marine Tourism
- Diving for Scientific Purposes
If you wish to focus on biology and ecology, it's recommended you select three from:
- Ecological Restoration
- Coral Reef Ecology and Monitoring
- Geology of New Zealand
|Indicative Fees||$6,403 (dependent on electives chosen) total cost of qualification for domestic students|
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
- have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 5), or equivalent
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.
A first aid certificate is recommended. You will be required to complete one before the end 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
IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand 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)