The University of Waikato has a particularly strong reputation for our research in restoration of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, taking advantage of our close proximity to the Rotorua lakes, the Waikato River, and peat lakes and wetlands of the Waikato Region. Other areas of research include animal behaviour, Antarctic ecology, estuarine and coastal marine biology, forest ecology, plant and animal physiology, plant systematics, and urban ecology.
Our location provides quick access to coastal marine research, and the University maintains a coastal marine field station in nearby Tauranga. Our location also gives ready access to a broad range of terrestrial environments, including pastoral agriculture and lowland to montane forests.
Studying Ecology and Biodiversity you’ll gain knowledge of ecological and biological theory, and the practical skills for field identification, surveying, and experimentation with plants, animals and microbes across a broad range of ecosystems. You’ll gain understanding of the principles of biological classification and be able to name and classify common organisms found in New Zealand ecosystems.
Your skills will be gained through a combination of hands on laboratory experience, practical field courses, and teaching from leading ecologists and biologists.
We have extensive laboratory facilities, including
- Ecology, physiology, microbial and molecular genetics laboratories
- Microscope facilities, including confocal laser scanning microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopes
- Waikato Stable Isotope Unit
- Waikato DNA Sequencing Facility
- Environmental Research Institute
- Thermophile Research Unit
- International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research
- University of Waikato Herbarium
- A controlled environment glasshouse facility
- Field centres for freshwater and coastal marine science, including the Coastal Marine Field Station.
- Biodiversity Management
- Biodiversity Advisor
- Biodiversity Surveyor
- Biosecurity and Customs Officer
- Conservation Ranger
- Policy Analyst
- Research Associate
- Laboratory Technician
- Resource Manager
- Resource Planner
- Weed Management Advisor
- Pest Management Advisor
- Field Researcher
- Technical Officer
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- Applications of Animal Behaviour
- Key Concepts in Evolution and Systematics
- Terrestrial Ecology
- Freshwater Ecology
- Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
- Environmental Physiology
- 12 months
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DisciplinesBiodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 11 other Masters in Biodiversity & Conservation in New Zealand
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Birth certificate, passport and permits
- Evidence of citizenship
- Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
- A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
- Evidence of any previous tertiary study
- Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)
- A recognised bachelors degree with a B/B+ average, and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject if required.
International25549 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25549 USD per year during 12 months.
National5537 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5537 USD per year during 12 months.
- Fees (Domestic): $7,705 - $8,505 per year
- Fees (International): $35,545 per year
Living costs for Hamilton
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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