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Information for high school students

Thinking of Marine Science at Otago?

Marine Science is a multidisciplinary field of study and research. That means that marine scientists cross the boundaries between disciplines, in order to really understand the workings of the marine environment. Some of us are primarily biologists, some are physicists, some are chemists, some are geologists – but all of us work together to understand the sea.

  • At the University of Otago, undergraduate students with an interest in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and/or Geology enrol in a BSc majoring Oceanography.
  • Those who want to work in the aquaculture industry, in fisheries, or in understanding impacts of resource extraction enrol in the Applied Science programme: a BAppSc majoring in Aquaculture and Fisheries.
  • Students with a strong interest in Marine Biology or Ecology should enrol in the BSc in Zoology, Botany, or Ecology, adding a minor in Marine Science or Oceanography or Aquaculture and Fisheries.


There are an Ocean of Opportunities to do marine science at Otago!

More useful information can be found at: http://www.otago.ac.nz/prospectivestudents/

Come and do a course at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

If you are interested in Marine Science, why not dip your toes in whilst you are still at school?!

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre offers marine education programmes ranging from two hours to several days in duration. Programmes include practical investigations in the field and laboratory. Some programmes, such as Marine Chemistry and our extension programmes feature data collections and observations carried out from our research vessels. Our programmes all link with the NZ School Curriculum.

Information about the programmes can be found at www.marine.ac.nz, or contact our Educator, Steve Cutler.