Course Overview

Offered in partnership with Unitec, you'll get your hands dirty straight away, learning about ecosystems, conservation issues, sustainable management of land, animals, and plant life, as well as the management strategies that promote the conservation of biodiversity and address bio-security. 

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 bio-security.

The Environmental Management pathway at Toi Ohomai offers three qualifications in three years:

  • After one year of study: New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 5)
  • After two years of study: New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)
  • After three years of study: Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management) (From Unitec)

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)
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Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available

Total credits 360
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,300 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Wildlife management
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Restoration ecology
  • Conservation/biodiversity officer
  • Ecology consultant
  • Consent management and monitoring
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Scientist
  • Postgraduate study

Topics you'll cover

  • A solid background in ecology, conservation, and environmental management
  • Vital skills in field techniques, data analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking
  • The chance to make valuable contacts within your chosen field through work placement and research
  • A comprehensive knowledge of, and some solutions to, regional, national and global challenges to biodiversity management
  • The ability to engage appropriate resources for environmental investigation and critique social, cultural and policy frameworks and how they influence management decisions
  • Practical skills to monitor ecosystems and analyse, comprehend and evaluate results

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,300 for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

Domestic students under 20 and all international students must:

Meet the University Entrance criteria as specified by NZQA or have education achievement at least equivalent to NZQA University Entrance. Where an applicant did not attend schooling in New Zealand, the relevant equivalent to University Entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis; AND

Meet all programme entry requirements; OR

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic and other requirements (special admission requirements).

Domestic students over 20

Students who do not hold a University Entrance qualification or equivalent may be eligible for admission to a Bachelor's degree programme subject to any entry and selection requirements specified in the respective programme regulations and have evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

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