12 months
25549 USD/year
5537 USD/year
Tuition fee
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In studying the Master of Science (Technology) in Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Waikato you’ll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand’s most important ecosystems.


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.

Career opportunities

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applications of Animal Behaviour
  • Key Concepts in Evolution and Systematics
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
  • Environmental Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25549 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25549 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    5537 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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

1470 - 2020 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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