Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation (Level 7) in Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Campus: Nelson

Duration: 3 years

Intake: February

*Fee:  $18,900 + $240 Student Services Levy.

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This course will equip you with skills, as well as with practical knowledge related to aquaculture.

Once in a week, you will go for a field trip, take part in three work placements and finish applied research projects. The course was introduced with industry not only to equip you practical skills in aquatic ecology and marine biology but also interaction and operations management knowledge so you can make a contribution to the aquaculture industry. The course gives chance through elective study choices to choose the field, like marine conservation or business.

You will also be researching in the area where the majority of aquaculture produce is grown in New Zealand. It is the popular producer of farmed Green shell Mussels and Pacific Oysters. The area is also a centre of research in this field. The course brings together the knowledge and ability of Nelson and Marlborough aquaculture faculty as well as the Nelson community to give you with a useful and learning environment.

Course Structure:

It is a three year programme of study. The first year gives a solid base in the field of aquaculture and marine conservation, the second year focuses on future developing and refining technical knowledge and the third year comprises a blend of greater level aquaculture, aquatic ecology and research and communicative skills. The third year has components of applied research which will help you to expertise in aquaculture, marine conservation, aquaculture industry management or a blend of these that suit your career interests.

Career Outcomes:

You can get job in Aquaculture in business management, production management or policy management. You can also become a research and development technician, local government environmental officer, marine ranger, ministry of primary industries fisheries inspector or observer, or work as a public aquarium curator.

Industry based learning

Off-site practical and workplace elements are introduced to give you with technical experience and include placement in an aquaculture industry. This is supervised by competent and professional workers and directed towards specific educational goals.

The programme includes two necessary Industry Practice courses which include industry placements, one at Level 5 and one at Level 6. There is also a business placement in the Applied Industry Project course at Level 7.

Eligibility criteria

Academic eligibility:

10+2 in medical/ non-medical

English language proficiency score:

  1. IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5
  2. TOEFL Score of 60 is required with a writing score of 20
  3. PTE required score is 50

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