Course details

Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)
Domestic tuition $6,626 per year
International tuition $19,649
NZQF Level 7

About the course

As a biodiversity management student, you'll explore how ecosystems function and support biological diversity, and how managers of biodiversity are responding to increasing concern over the impact of human activities on the planet.

Find out how society views and influences the natural environment, discover how social, cultural, and policy frameworks influence management decisions, and develop plant identification knowledge and skills.

You'll also develop an appreciation of the influence that government agencies, non-statutory organisations, and voluntary bodies have on biodiversity and biosecurity.


  • Developed in response to increasing global concerns over the human impact on our natural environment
  • Emphasis on practical application: possible work experience in applied settings for organisations like the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Department of Conservation (DOC), the Auckland Council, or volunteer organisations
  • A chance to complete a research project in an area of your own interest to develop the skills you'll need for a career in your chosen field
  • One of our biggest strengths is plant identification, a skill well-regarded by the conservation industry. We'll help you develop your knowledge and confidence in plant identification.
  • A teaching team of highly qualified and respected scientists and industry consultants, including botanists and an ornithologist

Double major

Can't decide between animals or the environment? Study a double major, and you'll get the best of both worlds with a selection of animal- and environment-related courses.

Studying for a double major is highly recommended. Double majors further grow your knowledge and capabilities, making you more employable and competitive in the job market.

Where from here

Upon completing this programme, you can go on to further study in Master of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)

About the provider

Unitec is New Zealand’s largest institute of technology offering a wide range of work-oriented programmes and short courses. We offer leading employment-focused education at our two campuses in Mt. Albert, and Waitākere. At Unitec we think the traditional view of spending hours in a lecture theatre is out-dated. And that's why we approach learning differently. With our unique combination of world-class theory and hands-on experience, you'll get the skills to meet the changing needs of employers. And because our tutors are industry-based, they know what it takes to make it in the real world. We offer a friendly and diverse learning environment with flexible study programmes, lots of support, and hands-on experience to build the skills you need for your career and your future.