Course details

Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation
NZQF Level 7

About the course

This programme will provide you with specialist knowledge, as well as technical and practical skills relating to aquaculture.

If you achieved University Entrance (UE) in 2020, the entry requirements for this programme may differ from those displayed on this page and in printed material due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. To find out about entry requirements for those who achieve UE in 2020 see the NZQA website(external link).

At NMIT we bring together marine conservation and aquaculture to start addressing solutions to the threats to many of the marine and freshwater environments of our planet. These threats have come in the form of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and more. Education about marine conservation is critical to start addressing these global and local issues.

Students are encouraged to think further afield and are also taught about tropical marine environments. All of this knowledge is combined to create a greater understanding of ecology and environmental impacts to further progress momentum into the marine conservation and sustainable aquaculture space.

On average you will go on one field trip a week, take part in at least three different work placements and complete applied research projects.

The programme was designed with industry so you will graduate not only with the practical skills and knowledge in aquatic ecology and marine conservation biology but also communication and operations management skills so you can make an immediate contribution to the aquaculture industry whether locally, nationally or internationally.

If you are already in the industry in New Zealand and looking to get a qualification, talk to us about how we can make that work for you to study alongside your employment.

You will also be learning in the region where the majority of New Zealand aquaculture produce is grown. It is the leading producer of farmed GreenshellTM Mussels, King Salmon and Pacific Oysters in the world.

The Nelson area is also a major hub of research in this field. The programme brings together the knowledge and expertise of Nelson and Marlborough aquaculture industry members as well as the Nelson scientific community to provide you with an informative and dynamic learning environment.

There are also a number of scholarships available including if you are a descendent of Wakatū Incorporation.

The programme provides you with flexibility through elective study options to choose the area, such as marine conservation or business, that you would like to study.

In your last year at level 7 you will have an opportunity to choose electives.


Chris Chamberlain is in his final year, studying towards a Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation. In the first of a three part video series, Chris shares how the first term of year three has been going.

Degree students find out more about tropical aquaculture as part of their studies.

You will learn how to monitor stream health and the effects it has on the species living there.

Maybe aquaculture can provide the solution for īnanga/whitebait. This is a single whitebait under the microscope.

Liam credits the work placement opportunities for helping him discover his future career.

Study now to join this rapidly growing industry

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About the provider

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is a Government Institute with campuses in Nelson and Marlborough. 

NMIT is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority Category 1 (the highest) Institute. Our programmes are designed alongside industry to create work-ready graduates that meet local and international job market needs. 

You'll find NMIT tutors care a lot about student success, and classes are small enough that they know you by name.


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