18 months
31960 USD/year
6215 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Make a difference in the marine conservation field. The Marine Conservation programme is offered by the University of Auckland. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Master of Marine Conservation focuses on finding solutions to complex issues that characterise the management and conservation of the marine environment.

The number and size of marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasing in response to intensifying pressures on our oceans and the need to provide more robust guardianship of marine ecosystems. Protected by law, MPAs require skilled scientists and environmental managers from diverse backgrounds to advocate for, design, monitor and protect them.  

The MMarineCons is developed and taught in partnership with Conservation International (CI) and provides essential skills for people looking for careers in MPA

research and management, and marine conservation more generally. The Marine Conservation programme is offered by the University of Auckland .

Where could this programme take you? 

Graduates of the MMarineCons will have a unique set of technical and practical skills which enable you to be highly competitive in the professional world of marine conservation. Links between policy, management and pure science are creating new job opportunities in this exciting field of work.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Marine conservation manager
  • Project manager
  • Scientist

Programme Structure

  • The MMarineCons is a 180 point research or taught masters programme that can be completed over three semesters full-time, with part-time options available.
  • This programme includes a mixture of core courses and elective courses on topics related to marine conservation such as marine ecology and biology, conservation biology, environmental science, social science, environmental management and policy. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

You must have completed either:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from this university, with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II. Including at least 45 points in a relevant subject such as Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Biology, BioScience, Marine Science or similar. OR 
  • An undergraduate degree with a GPE of 4.0 or higher in 75 points above Stage II, and at least three-years of relevant professional experience. OR
  • An undergraduate degree in the same field as your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 4.0 or higher.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31960 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    6215 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6215 USD per year during 18 months.
  • Domestic students: NZ$8,661.60 – $10,420.80
  • International students: NZ$44,526

Living costs for Auckland

1400 - 2200 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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