Graduate Certificate (GradCert) in Ecology and Biodiversity

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    Duration
    6 Month Full Time
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    Course Type
    Graduate
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    Location
    On Campus
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    Level
    7
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    Credits
    60

About Course

Graduate certificates are intended to develop your knowledge and skills in a subject area that is different to your first degree's major. You may be eligible if you haven't studied for a degree before if you can demonstrate an interest in the subject area and a satisfactory academic ability. By choosing to study a graduate certificate you can quickly develop career competency in a single subject area.

The Graduate Certificate comprises a minimum of 60 points at 100 level or above.

Ecology and Biodiversity

In studying Ecology and Biodiversity you’ll learn about the distribution, abundance, and biology of organisms and their role in New Zealand’s most important ecosystems.

You’ll gain knowledge of ecological and biological theory, and the practical skills for field identification, surveying, and experimentation with plants, animals and microbes across a broad range of ecosystems. You’ll gain understanding of the principles of biological classification and be able to name and classify common organisms found in New Zealand ecosystems.

Your skills will be gained through a combination of hands on laboratory experience, practical field courses, and teaching from leading ecologists and biologists.

Career opportunities

Biodiversity Management
Biodiversity Advisor
Biodiversity Surveyor
Biosecurity and Customs Officer
Conservation Ranger
Policy Analyst
Research Associate
Laboratory Technician
Resource Manager
Resource Planner
Weed Management Advisor
Pest Management Advisor
Field Researcher
Technical Officer
Ecological Consultant
Ecologist
Environmental Scientist
Agricultural Scientist
Agricultural Technician
Museum Collections Technician
Museum Curator
Taxonomist
Land Management Officer
Zoo Keeper

Eligibility Criteria

A recognised bachelors degree.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) programme.

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