Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management)

Unitec (Year 3 only)

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Complete the final year of the Bachelor of Applied Science with Unitec in Whangārei! 

After successfully completing the Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6) at NorthTec, you can enrol straight into this Unitec degree in your third year. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of regional, national and global challenges to biodiversity management. Enjoy small classes, plenty of field trips and a friendly atmosphere.

You’ll develop practical skills to monitor ecosystems and analyse, comprehend and evaluate results, understand how to engage appropriate resources for environmental investigation, and learn to critique social, cultural and policy frameworks and their effect on management decisions.

The Environmental Management pathway at NorthTec offers three qualifications in three years:

What will I learn?

This is the next step after the New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6) and will help you gain advanced knowledge of ecology and environmental management to prepare yourself for a great career. Get actively involved in the protection and restoration of ecosystems.

You will gain:

  • 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.

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
NSCI6739 - Behavioural Ecology 6 15
NSCI7736 - Applied Geographic Information Systems 7 15
NSCI7104 - Restoration Ecology 7 15
NSCI7732 - Conservation Science 7 15
NSCI7107 - Biosecurity 7 15
NSCI7105 - Advanced Field Surveying of New Zealand Biota 7 15
NSCI7731 - Self-directed Study 7 30

Career Opportunities

  • Wildlife management

  • Biosecurity officer

  • Restoration ecology

  • Conservation/biodiversity officer

  • Ecology consultant

  • Consent management and monitoring

  • Environmental educator

  • Environmental monitoring

  • Scientist

  • Postgraduate study

Workload & Schedule

Semester 1 Timetable

Semester 2 Timetable

Admission information

Students who have successfully completed the New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6) or the Diploma in Conservation and Environmental Management at NorthTec with at least a B+ average will be allowed direct entry into this programme. Students will be enrolled on their Programme with Unitec and will be required to complete 120 credits, i.e. the equivalent of one year’s full time study.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require a minimum IELTS score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5, or NZCEL Level 4 (Academic) are eligible for enrolment at all levels of the NZQF.

Qualification gained

Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity Management) - Awarded by Unitec

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.




Full time/Part time


3 years full-time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Refer to Unitec

Student levy may apply

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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