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Department of Marine Science

Department of Marine Science

The Department of Marine Science is a multidisciplinary department with research strengths in both biological and physical marine sciences. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees focusing on pure and applied research in marine science, oceanography and aquaculture.

We have dedicated research facilities around the South Island of New Zealand (Otago Harbour, Stewart Island and Fiordland), but our staff and students conduct their research everywhere from Fiji to Antarctica.

An online publication for international students,, has rated Otago one of the great Surfing Universities, alongside Bond University in Queensland, the University of California in the United States, the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Hawaii.

“So if you want a First Class in Surfing to accompany your degree, the University of Otago is the perfect place for you! From fun beach breaks just minutes from the City Centre, to long, lazy point breaks on the multiple gnarly reefs; whether you’re a timid learner or seasoned thrill-seeker, the range and quality of New Zealand’s coast has a little bit of something for everyone,” says the article.

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