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Postgraduate Diploma in Science - Ecology, PGDipSci

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #176 (QS) Dunedin, New Zealand
Postgraduate Diploma in Science - Ecology at University of Otago is the study of animals and plants in relation to their environment. 

Overview

Revived interest in environmental and ecological issues and the public and governmental concern and debate over such matters has created a need for scientifically trained ecologists. An Postgraduate Diploma in Science - Ecology at University of Otago produces graduates with a background which will enable them to make rational judgements on ecological matters, either as professional ecologists or as educated members of the public.

Courses in Ecology are taught by staff from the Departments of  Botany, Geography and Zoology. The Otago region encompasses a wide range of habitats, from marine to alpine and from semi-arid to perhumid. Many of the papers offered by the various departments have fieldwork components which will give students an insight into these habitats.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Project
  • Dissertation
  • Reading Ecology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications close 31 October but late applications, not requiring evaluation for credit, may be considered until 1 December.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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  • Minimum required score:

    587

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General Requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand. 
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.
  • If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22044 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22041 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • National: 9,214 NZD
  • International: 33,100 NZD

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

The University offers a number of generous masters’ awards and doctoral scholarships (for PhD and other doctoral-level study). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, research ability (where applicable) and suitability within the department. No interview is required. Students already receiving a full scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs are not usually eligible.

You can find out more about our scholarship options by visiting our scholarship page: https://www.otago.ac.nz/international/future-students/international-scholarships/

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