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Master of Science in Biosecurity and Conservation

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
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Duration:
1 year
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Start date: 01-December-2021
Campus:
Leigh Marine Campus
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Summary

The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field. Late Year Semester will start in November.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Biosecurity and Conservation

Biosecurity and Conservation is about the management of the natural environment to protect it from biosecurity threats.

If you are a Master of Science (MSc) student, research interests open to exploration include:

  • Comparative stress physiology of grey-faced petrels
  • Improving outcomes for water quality monitoring in Samoa via environmental DNA
  • The impact of hedgehogs on urban forest fragments
  • The ecological relationship between Cook’s scurvy grass (Lepidium oleraceum s.s.) and seabirds
  • The legacy effect of soil conditions on ecological restoration of retired pastures
  • The spatial extent of biodiversity outcomes from mammalian predator pest management
  • The establishment and dispersal of invasive insects
  • Impacts of introduced herbivores on sand dune restoration
  • Estimating a damage function for feral pig impacts
  • The importance of invertebrates in decomposing coarse woody debris
  • Trophic interactions between geckos and honeydew-producing scale insects
  • Pollination ecology of native New Zealand orchids and the role of introduced species

Potential opportunities for our graduates include employment throughout the biosecurity and conservation sector.

Jobs related to Biosecurity and Conservation

  • Biodiversity ranger
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Biosecurity or biodiversity technical advisor
  • Environmental officer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Incursion response investigator
  • Museum collections technician
  • Operations manager
  • Pest control technician
  • Research technician
  • Researcher
  • Science communicator

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

Course variations

01-December-2021 - Grafton Campus

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