Taught course

Sustainable Aquaculture

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology · Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Graduated with a degree or honours degree in any science discipline from a New Zealand tertiary institution accredited to offer qualifications at this level;


  • Graduated with a degree from an overseas tertiary institution, deemed by the Academic Committee to be of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have:

  • An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band) issued within the last two years or equivalent.


All applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme.

Other requirements

Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm the applicant is of good character and reputation.

Additional Distance Study Requirements

For distance study, applicants must have the following to be able to utilise the online learning environment and complete practical/vocational aspects of the programme:

  • Employment in a suitable aquaculture industry workplace OR Recent relevant experience and access to a suitable aquaculture industry workplace to undertake assignment and practical work required for specific courses.
  • Ability to attend compulsory residential workshops.
  • Ability to attend NMIT or an alternative venue at another tertiary institute to complete examinations.

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not hold a prescribed tertiary qualification may be granted entry to the programme. They must supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee they have relevant work experience which is equivalent to the knowledge and skills of a Bachelor level science graduate.

Applicants seeking entry under this criterion must also demonstrate they have the commitment and personal attributes which suggest the likelihood of successful completion.

Months of entry

July, February

Course content

This one year programme is designed to build on scientific knowledge gained from your previous degree level study and give you practical experience to work daily in a marine environment.

If you have a science degree and want to work in the field of marine biology. This qualification is for you.

  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production industry in the world.
  • You will work in a highly sustainable industry.
  • Through the programme you will make contacts in industry and research that can lead to employment.
  • You will learn to put marine biology theory into practise.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture will give you an advanced theoretical understanding and the technical and practical skills related to sustainable aquaculture practices. It will provide you with the skills to critically assess aquaculture systems. As part of an internship or in your existing employment, you will also complete an industry research project. This will encourage you to support the development of sustainable growth in the aquaculture sector through innovation.

The programme has been developed in consultation with the aquaculture and scientific community as well as industry representatives. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet today’s needs and those of the future, locally, nationally and internationally.

Information for international students

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture programme includes one compulsory industry placement within the Dissertation course at Level 8.

Students will spend at least 100 hours working in industry to conduct research as well as apply campus based learning in a workplace environment. This experience means you meet people in industry and research and they get to know you.

In the past, the projects students have worked on have included; biotechnology, research on a particular fish species, and the life cycle of a particular seaweed. They have carried out projects in research institutions, private companies and crown research institutes.

This programme is only taught at the Nelson Campus.

Fees and funding

UK students
NZD$18,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy
International students
NZD$18,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations36
Written coursework / continuous assessment38

Course contact details

International Enquiries
+64 3 546 9175