Masters degrees in Marine Zoology offer advanced study of animals - including fish, invertebrates and mammals - in seawater environments. Many courses also focus on broader issues related to marine climates and habitats (such as conservation, development and climate chance impacts).
Programmes in this subject are often interdisciplinary, drawing on aspects of Aquaculture, Oceaonography and general Marine Biology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in Biology, Animal Science or Environmental Studies.
You will increase your vocational skills in activities including lab-based work such as experiment design, bioimaging and electron microscopy. You will also undertake fieldwork, employing survey and sampling techniques to study marine life in a variety of tropical and temperate environments, sometimes in remote or indigenous areas.
Utilising techniques in genetics and taxonomy, you will build your academic knowledge to identify and trace the origins and evolution of various marine species and analyse marine biodiversity. You will also consider numerous issues through a variety of cultural frameworks such as sustainability and ethical principles.
Experience in this field would make you suitable for many roles aside from that of the traditional Marine Zoologist. You could work with charities and agencies on marine conservation projects, become involved in legislation for NGOs, or even pursue more exotic careers such as paleozoology.
A one year MSc degree focussing on core and specialist competences in key themes of fisheries, marine conservation; sustainability and ecosystem based management.
Level: 90 ECTS taught MSc, Level 9
Duration: 1 year, starts September
Outline: The course consists of six taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a major research thesis (60 ECTS).
The modules are:
Ecology of Top Predators in Marine Systems
Life History Strategies and Trade-offs
Secondary Impacts of Harvest on Wild Populations and Ecosystems
Applied Geographic Information Systems
Data Analysis Using R and R Studio
Seabird and Marine Mammal Population Assessment techniques
Teaching by research-active staff working in the field of Applied Marine Conservation with particular interest in marine mammals, seabirds and fisheries.
A major research thesis on a real conservation problem, in collaboration with a supervisor from GMIT and a supervisor from an external organisation.
Graduates will be well prepared for careers in marine conservation and management, or may continue to PhD research.
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With the increasing pressures on the marine environment, both in the South Pacific region and worldwide, experts in the conservation and management of marine organisms and ecosystems are in demand.
As a world-leader in marine conservation, New Zealand is a great place to develop your expertise in the field. Its unique and lengthy coastline is home to numerous marine organisms—from the tiny phytoplankton to the endangered New Zealand sea lion.
Study with Victoria's School of Biological Sciences, a leader in marine biology research. Examine marine conservation issues and practice using examples from New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific and wider Indo-Pacific region, which can be applied worldwide.
Marine Conservation can be studied through two qualifications. The Master of Marine Conservation (MMarCon) is a taught Master's with no thesis component and is the only taught Marine Conservation Master's degree in New Zealand.
Or you can choose to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Conservation (PGCertMarCon), a shorter qualification for those who want to expand their expertise into a new area of interest.
The 180-point Master of Marine Conservation consists of three core courses and three courses chosen from a range of marine biology, biodiversity, ecology, ecological restoration and conservation courses. You can also choose courses that specialise in environmental management and conservation issues relating to New Zealand Māori and Pacific Island communities.
Two of your core courses, BIOL 424 New Zealand Conservation Practice and BIOL 529 Tropical Marine Conservation Practice, are field courses. You'll visit several world-renowned marine conservation sites in New Zealand and overseas.
The field courses will have costs over and above the course fees.
You'll also examine marine conservation issues of cultural and socioeconomic significance to Māori and Pacific peoples, such as exploitation of coastal regions and ecotourism, seabed and foreshore rights, and community-led conservation strategies.
The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of three courses totalling 90 points chosen from any of the courses in the MMarCon programme; however, you must include at least one of the core courses.
If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.
The Master of Marine Conservation can be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or in 24 months part time.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Marine Conservation can be completed in six months of full-time study or in 12 months part time.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. You'll have opportunities to attend events, workshops, social functions and seminars.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.
You'll gain skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas within the conservation and management of marine organisms and ecosystems, in both temperate and tropical climates. You might find work at Crown Research Institutes, private research institutes or with national government agencies managing marine conservation and fisheries.
Other organisations you may work with include regional authorities such as city, regional and district councils, consultancy firms carrying out contract marine biology work or non-government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.
The programme encompasses the following key ideas:
· Understanding complex marine systems from a range of standpoints. Establishing a core body of knowledge about the marine environment and the physical, chemical, ecological and anthropogenic processes operating on a range of spatial and temporal scales.
· Multidisciplinary approaches. Creating a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing the marine environment through integrated field, laboratory and theory-based learning and examine this in the context of the relevant legislative framework and global policy changes.
· Understanding the impacts of both natural and anthropogenic factors on the marine environment alongside environmental change. Using a multidisciplinary approach to the development of applied solutions to managing marine resources and biodiversity in an ever changing situation.
· Use of big marine data. The collection of rigorous scientific data; formulating and testing hypotheses through carrying out scientific investigations and communicating information in a variety of formats to a range of audiences.
· Professional practice and application to real world situations. Understanding the links between scientific ideas and their application to solving marine environmental problems by working with professionals from a range of scientific disciplines. In addition, using industry-standard approaches, equipment and analysis to collect, analyse and report on ecological and environmental data from field and laboratory investigations in the relevant format to inform the public, practitioners in the field, policy makers and scientists.
The programme allows the progression of students along two main pathways with different core modules to allow for specific career and skill development. Those wishing to pursue a career in fisheries science can follow the MSc Marine Environmental Management (Fisheries) pathway where those students who wish to follow the more ecological route can follow the MSc Marine Environmental Management (Ecology) route.