Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

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NMIT has one of the highest graduate employment rates in New Zealand. Its philosophy is built on work-readiness, and students from around the world have begun their lives and furthered their careers in New Zealand by studying at NMIT.  

NMIT programmes with near 100% employment rates in recent years include the Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation, the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture (around 70% of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry is located in our region) and the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking (some 80% of New Zealand’s wine production comes from our region).

Food production underpins the Nelson Marlborough economy and so it is well placed to weather the current global economic storm and to provide a bright future for those who choose to live and study here. NMIT, a Government-owned, NZQA category 1 ranked (highest level) tertiary institution with over 100 years of history, is your gateway to all the amazing opportunities that this region offers!


NMIT has campuses in Nelson (main campus) and Blenheim (Marlborough and Woodbourne campuses). It offers qualifications that link with local industries, providing students with excellent employment options on graduation.

The majority of students study at the main campus in Nelson. Here you will have a true New Zealand experience, on the doorstep of the South Island’s famed scenic spots and with unrivalled access to the outdoor adventures that these offer.

Why Nelson?

Nelson is in New Zealand’s fastest growing region. With a small urban population of around 65,000, it is a rare example of a small city with an incredibly buoyant economy.

This is also the sunniest region in New Zealand! With a seaside setting and a Mediterranean climate, Nelson is one of the country’s top destinations for those looking for a well-balanced, outdoors-orientated lifestyle.

Nelson is flanked by three national parks, including Abel Tasman National Park with its excellent sea kayaking, caving and hiking opportunities, and the Nelson Lakes National Park with a ski field and inland fishing, boating and hiking options.

The well-balanced, laid-back lifestyle features a vibrant city centre with an excellent restaurant, café and bar scene, boutique shops, and nationally renowned market for local foods and crafts.

Nelson produces much of New Zealand’s fresh fruit and fish, and, with 11 craft breweries and 28 boutique wineries, this area is a true destination for those that appreciate fine food and drink.

Programme highlights

Nursing: NMIT’s nursing programme is one of the best in New Zealand with a 100% employment rate on graduation.

Maritime Studies: Nelson has the largest deep sea fishing port in Australasia. NMIT offers courses in marine engineering, nautical studies and superyacht crewing.

Art and Design: Nelson is a creative hub and home to more than 300 working artists.

Bachelor degrees

  • Bachelor of Commerce (accounting, management or marketing)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (information systems, systems development or ICT infrastructure)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Media (visual arts and design)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation
  • Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking

Postgraduate diplomas

  • Applied management
  • Business analytics
  • Healthcare management
  • Aquaculture management
  • International business
  • Sustainable aquaculture
  • Logistics and supply chain management

Master of Applied Management

Graduates of any background can apply for this programme at NMIT. It can be completed in just 15 months and offers specialisations in healthcare management; business analytics; logistics and supply chain management; international business and in aquaculture management.

Additional study areas include:

Animation; digital design and photography; aeronautical maintenance engineering; civil engineering; marine engineering; nautical studies; beauty and body therapy; applied fitness; fish farming and fishery management; conservation; tourism and travel; adventure tourism; culinary arts; food and beverage service.

Study Abroad

You could spend a semester or a year as part of your gap year or UK degree studying courses at NMIT.

Make your own sauvignon blanc!

Just 1.5 hours’ drive from Nelson, the Marlborough campus is home to our Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking. On this course you will learn about growing grapes and making wine, including paid internships to produce your own vintage in a winery!

Links with industry

NMIT’s qualifications have been designed in collaboration with industry, to create work ready graduates who meet local and international job market needs. This approach leads to excellent employment rates for NMIT graduates across a wide range of disciplines.

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