Institute of Marine Science

Why choose Auckland?

Here are 10 reasons to choose The University of Auckland for your Marine Science degree.

The Leigh Marine Laboratory on a stormy winter's day.
  1. The University is known for the quality of its research, so your degree will be recognised internationally.
  2. We have New Zealand's largest science faculty. That means we can offer more courses, attract more international and highly qualified academic staff, provide the labs and resources to support your work, and get the financial backing for research. It also means we give you the skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.
  3. The new Institute of Marine Science (IMS) will lead the University's marine learning activities across the Faculty of Science, operations at the Leigh Marine Laboratory and the Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science.
  4. We have a purpose-built marine laboratory at Leigh, on the doorstep of the Goat Island Marine Reserve, the world's first. Visit Goat Island
  5. We collaborate with NIWA, Cawthron and selected national and international universities offering opportunities for our graduates beyond the campus environment. Find out more about our collaborations and associations
  6. We contribute to a growing world body of information about the marine environment and maintain our commitment to the public 'critic and conscience' role.
  7. Marine research, ranging from biodiversity, conservation, fish physiology and behaviour, and underwater acoustics to fish evolution, magnetic sense, statistical ecology, coastal geomorphology, and biological evaluations for new pharmaceutically useful marine natural products. Read more about research interests of our academic staff.
  8. A marine laboratory at Leigh with extensive seawater tanks and the RV Hawere enabling week-long ocean study expeditions. See our facilities.
  9. Career opportunities including marine biology, fisheries management, aquaculture, pharmaceutical development, conservation and biodiversity management. Read more about possible career pathways
  10. We will support and guide you, help you make the most of your time here. We have learning and support services, the Science Student Centre, and the Tuākana programme for Māori and Pacific students.