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Study Marine Science at Otago

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At undergraduate level, topics in Marine Science are offered through a BSc in Ecology with a minor in Marine Science, a BSc in Oceanography and a BAppSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Minors in all three areas are available for a number of bachelors’ degrees.

All Marine Science postgraduate programmes are open to students from a wide range of science backgrounds, including Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Geology. Some training in Mathematics and Statistics is required. The normal minimum prerequisite for the Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma courses is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or equivalent. Both Master of Science (MSc) and Postgraduate Diploma programmes take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Marine Science.

Marine Science may also be specified as a minor subject for certain bachelors' degrees.

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See the full list of Marine Science (MARI) papers.

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Marine Science


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Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science

Papers and Thesis
  • MARI 495 Master's Thesis Preparation

  • MARI 401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science

  • And 400-level AQFI, MARI or OCEN papers to make a total of 120 points (one may be replaced with an approved 400-level paper in a Science subject).

  • Thesis: MARI 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

Marine Science as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points

MARI 112  Global Marine Systems



Two of:
AQFI 251  Principles of Aquaculture
BTNY 203  Marine and Freshwater Botany
MARI 202  Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology
OCEN 201  Physical Oceanography
ZOOL 221  Animal Designs for Living




Two of:
AQFI 301  Field Methods for Assessment of Fisheries and Aquatic Habitats
AQFI 352  Fisheries Ecology
MARI 301  Marine Ecology
MARI 302  Biology and Behaviour of Marine Vertebrates
OCEN 322  Biological Oceanography



Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 300-level papers when selecting 200-level papers.

Total   90

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