Institute of Marine Science


Postgraduate courses

Thinking about postgraduate study? The Institute of Marine Science postgraduate courses teach field techniques and research methods, address issues in Marine Science and climate change, and cover a range of specialist topics such as fisheries, geochemistry and sedimentology.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Marine Science degree must include the following courses:


A 120 points (one-year) Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science
degree must include the following courses:

  • 120 points: MARINE 796 MSc Thesis in Marine Science


A 240 points (two-year) Master of Science (MSc) in Marine Science
degree must include the following courses:

Postgraduate adviser

 

Dr. Alwyn Rees
Building 608 (Leigh Marine Laboratory), room 2.02
Phone:  +64 9 373 7599 ext 83603

 

MARINE 701: Current Issues in Marine Science


A seminar-based examination of selected current issues in Marine Science. Seminars will be jointly run using a web link between the Universities of Auckland, Otago and Victoria. The topics and material will recognise the wide range of undergraduate experience across participants and emphasise the value of cross-disciplinary approaches to Marine Science.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Richard Taylor
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites but an understanding of marine processes equivalent to MARINE 302 is assumed.
Timetable: Check SSO

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MARINE 702: Field Techniques in Marine Science


An advanced course in the development of practical skills in research design, implementation and analysis in Marine Science. Students participate in two field units: a compulsory field unit at The University of Auckland and a choice of either the unit offered by the University of Otago or the unit offered by Victoria University of Wellington. Each course focuses on different themes in Marine Science.

Semester: Semester 1 Auckland component Mid semester break
Coordinator: Craig Radford
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No
Timetable: Check SSO

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MARINE 703: Marine Protected Areas


A review of current science related to MPA, including biogeographical and ecological principles in the design of marine reserve networks, MPA as controls in ecosystem research, conservation of biological diversity, interaction with fisheries, and case studies and experiences involving guest lecturers. Practicals may include visits to Goat Island marine reserve and other locations, and analysis and interpretation of data related to MPA.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Mark Costello
Points: 15
Restrictions: ENVISCI 726
Prerequisites: No
Timetable: Check SSO

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MARINE 796A & B: MSc Thesis in Marine Science


To complete this course students must enrol in both MARINE 796 A and B.

Points: 60 each
Research topics: These include a wide range of research topics covering the interests of the marine science staff. To select a topic and supervisor browse through our staff profiles.

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BIOSCI 724: Marine Ecology


Current topics in marine ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem level. One focus is on ecology and evolution in a life-history context, including topics on fertilisation, larval development and population connectivity. At the community/ecosystem level we also consider the role of macroalgae, keystone species, the influence of climate change, terrestrial/marine comparisons and marine biosecurity. A sound understanding of BIOSCI 333 or equivalent is assumed.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Mary Sewell
Points: 15
Restrictions: BIOSCI 710
Prerequisites: A sound understanding of BIOSCI 333 or equivalent is assumed.
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BIOSCI 725: Ecological Physiology


Physiological and biochemical processes enable animals to occupy diverse habitats. Highly variable and extreme environments provide an opportunity to study the functional attributes of animals, particularly ectotherms, with respect to their metabolic, respiratory, and nutritional adaptations. A sound understanding of physiological and biochemical principles is required for this seminar series. A knowledge of BIOSCI 335 or equivalent is assumed.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Tony Hickey
Points: 15
Restrictions: BIOSCI 711
Prerequisites: A knowledge of BIOSCI 335 or equivalent is assumed.
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BIOSCI 727: Aquaculture


Current assessment of the national and global status of aquaculture, including consideration of future potential and prospects. Examples of invertebrate and fish aquaculture, and a review of general environmental and biological problems and the role of scientific knowledge in aquaculture management. Coverage of factors include analysis of significant New Zealand aquaculture industries, the role of hatchery technology, stock improvement via genetic programmes and issues surrounding the productivity, quality and welfare of fish. A sound understanding of BIOSCI 328 or equivalent is assumed.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Andrew Jeffs
Points: 15
Restrictions: BIOSCI 712, 726
Prerequisites: A sound understanding of BIOSCI 328 or equivalent is assumed.
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BIOSCI 733: Molecular Ecology and Evolution


A powerful and increasingly important way to address many ecological and evolutionary questions is by using the information stored in the molecular archive. This course provides a broad theoretical and practical basis for undertaking such studies in fi elds ranging from conservation genetics and connectivity, to phylogenetics and molecular evolution. Topics may include the neutral theory of molecular evolution, inbreeding depression, gene fl ow and population structure, coalescent analyses, molecular identifi cation of species, phylogenetic analysis, selection at the molecular level, and the estimation of kinship. A sound understanding of BIOSCI 322 or equivalent is assumed. Three labs may be held on consecutive Mondays after mid semester break.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Shane Lavery
Points: 15
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BIOSCI 738: Advanced Biological Data Analysis


Advanced biological data analysis, including analysis of variance with nested and random effects, analysis of covariance, cluster analysis, principal components analysis, multidimensional scaling, and randomization methods. There will be a practical component to this course involving the use of the R statistical software.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Kathy Ruggiero/ James Russell
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: 15 points from BIOSCI 209, STATS 202, 207, 208 or equivalent
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BIOSCI 739: Dialogues in Biology


Cross-disciplinary issues in biology will be debated and explored including ethical and commercial issues underpinning science; scientific publishing and advocacy; medical and agricultural biotechnology; animal and environmental ethics, conservation and biodiversity, the history and philosophy of science.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: James Russell
Points: 15
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BIOSCI 749: Ecology of Microbial Interactions


Microorganisms are intimately associated with their immediate environment. This course considers those associations. Topics to be discussed will include microbial communities and their survival strategies in natural and artificial systems. A sound understanding of BIOSCI 347 or equivalent is assumed.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Mike Taylor
Points: 15
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BIOSCI 761: MSc Thesis Proposal


An extensive review of background material associated with the thesis topic, and a detailed outline of the proposed research and its significance. Students will also be required to present an overview of the proposal in a seminar.

Semester: Semester 1 & 2
Points: 15

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CHEM 770: Advanced Environmental Chemistry


Selected current research topics in environmental chemistry. Examples include: Antarctic meltwater chemistry, impacts of geothermal energy and earth resource exploitation, trace metal fingerprinting, trace metal speciation modelling, persistent organic contaminants, indoor air chemistry and the atmospheric impact of aircraft emission. This course includes a half-day field trip

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Peter Swedlund
Points: 15

CHEM 795: Research Methods in Chemistry


A review of the literature and research methods associated with a selected chemistry research topic and an outline of the proposed research and its significance.

Students will also be required to present an overview of the proposal in a seminar.

Semester: Semester 1 & 2
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Christian Hartinger
Points: 15

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EARTHSCI 720: Geochemistry of Our World


Provides a broad overview of applications of geochemistry across multiple disciplines. In addition, this course will help determine the suitability of different analytical techniques to different problems while providing practical experience in collecting and evaluating geochemical data. Subject areas are wide-reaching and include, geology, environmental science, biology, archaeology, and forensic sciences. Prerequisite: No formal prerequisites but knowledge of introductory chemistry will be assumed.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15

ENVMGT 742: Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change


An examination of the social dimensions of global environmental change. This includes a review of the history of climate science, the interaction of science with other knowledges, and contemporary debates surrounding climate change as well as other forms of environmental change. It also examines the different ways in which people respond to environmental risks and changes, and the challenges associated with mitigation and adaptation policies.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
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ENVMGT 744: Resource Management


A review of advanced principles, concepts and approaches to the sustainable management of natural resources. Case studies emphasise the need for conflict resolution, equitable allocation, and decentralised decision-making to address the social and environmental impacts of resource utilisation.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
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ENVSCI 701: Research Practice in Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences


Students will consider multiple ways of knowing and understanding research in a broader context and in relation to disciplinary specific examples. Students will be challenged to critically analyse ways of understanding and thinking and use this knowledge to: assemble and represent information, perform analyses and predict outcomes, validate or critique the process, and communicate or question findings.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Nicolas Lewis
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No
Timetable: Check SSO

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ENVSCI 702 Special Topic: Applied Estuarine Ecology


The course emphasises multi-disciplinary science that integrates across different empirical and theoretical approaches to better understand the functioning of soft-sediment ecosystems. Covering fundamental ecological principles of soft-sediment systems through to the impacts associated with human activities. There will be practical exercises in experimental field ecology that will introduce students to key research methods.

Semester: Semester 2 Field Course Inter semester break
Coordinator: Simon Thrush
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisite, but knowledge in Stage III marine ecology / science, or equivalent, will be assumed.
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ENVSCI 704: Modelling of Environmental and Social Systems


The following themes are emphasised:

  • Building and using models to investigate environmental and social problems,
  • Understanding the utility of modelling in various disciplines, and
  • Appreciating how dynamic phenomena can be represented and analysed computationally.

The course provides an understanding of modelling concepts, approaches and applications, and methods for determining the suitability of a particular modelling approach for a given task.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites, but knowledge equivalent to that covered in courses such as STATS 101, MATH 108, GEOG 250, BIOSCI 209, ENVSCI 310 will be assumed.
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ENVSCI 714: Water Quality Science


An overview of all potential water contaminants, their sources and behaviour. Includes demonstrations of monitoring techniques and modelling systems for water quality impact prediction and assessment of effects for both point and non-point sources. Identification of major national and global water quality issues. Application of science and technology to water pollution assessment, prevention, and treatment. Case studies and practical (field and laboratory) work.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No
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FOODSCI 703: Food Processing


Preservation of food by standard methods including freezing, dehydration and thermal processing. New developments in food preservation. Unit operations, mass and energy balance, and heat transfer are covered. Chemical and physical changes food undergoes during processing.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Yacine Hemar
Points: 15
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FOODSCI 708: Advanced Food Science


The functions and properties of food additives. Food attributes including colour, flavour and texture. Sensory science. Introduction to the Food Regulations. Interaction of macromolecules.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: Conrad Perera
Points: 15
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GEOG 730: Climate change: past, present, and future


An exploration of the character and causes of past, present, and future climate change. Content includes examination of how and where climate is (or is not) currently changing, and uncertainties associated with future projections. The temporal focus will be on the Holocene and the Anthropocene, through to the end of the 21st century. A human society context will feature throughout.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites. The course is intended to cater for diverse backgrounds.
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GEOG 746: Dynamic Coasts


This is an advanced course on the process-form relationships that shape coastlines over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Coastal processes are examined with field experiments in which principles of experiment design and field deployment are demonstrated. Long-term evolutionary perspectives are examined using a range of field techniques. These short- and long-term approaches are then merged to address examples of applied coastal management problems.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisite but an understanding equivalent to GEOG 351 is assumed.
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GEOG 748: Fragile Coasts, Vulnerable Communities


Critical consideration of contemporary issues in coastal management. Topics may include: competition for coastal space and resources; vulnerability of coastal communities to climatic variability; scientific uncertainty in the decision making process; understanding the legacies of past planning decisions. Case studies are used to explore complexities of the physical and social dimensions of coastal management approaches within the context of current regulatory frameworks.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Susan Owen
Points: 15
Restrictions: No
Prerequisites: No
Timetable: Check SSO

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GEOG 771: Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation


Approaches and challenges to analysing spatial data. Specific techniques covered will include measures of spatial autocorrelation, geographical regression, point pattern analysis, interpolation, overlay analysis, and an introduction to some of the newer geocomputation methods such as neural networks and cellular automata.

Semester: Semester 2
Coordinator: TBC
Points: 15
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PHYSICS 731: Wave Propagation


A general treatment of wave propagation including rays, normal modes and reflection coefficients, with applications principally to underwater acoustics, seismology and electromagnetic waves.

Semester: Semester 1
Coordinator: Peter Derrick
Points: 15
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