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Master of Marine and Antarctic Science (S7Z) (Master of Marine and Antarctic Science (S7Z) )

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Master
Cost 2020 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 77,228 AUD

As a gateway to Antarctica and with a natural marine laboratory on your doorstep, the University of Tasmania provides an ideal base to study for a career in marine biology and the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

This is the only masters degree in the world which uniquely combines marine science with a focus on the southern ocean and Antarctica. You’ll have access to industry-leading facilities at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and internationally recognised experts to help you kick-start your career.

The Master of Marine and Antarctic Science provides:

  • Practical skills alongside theoretical studies to broaden your experience and give you the edge when it comes to employment
  • More than lectures, labs and tutorials with study trip units that take learning to the Southern Ocean and into Australia's largest fisheries, aquaculture and seafood industries
  • Contacts, work experience and research links in Australia's largest fisheries and aquaculture industries (based in Tasmania)
  • Access to our international partner organisations and internationally recognised marine science organisations based in Tasmania
  • One year project, individual research-based thesis or group industry-relevant project

You'll have the choice to study one of the following three streams: Marine Biology, Fisheries Management or Sustainable Aquaculture.

Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

All students wishing to study at the University Tasmania (UTAS) must meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements.

Some courses have higher English language or academic entry requirements, prerequisite subjects, or additional conditions such as portfolios or interviews. Check the course entry requirements for your desired course on our course and unit handbook page.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

Academic Requirements - Graduate Research Degrees

Admission to most masters by research degrees at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelors degree with a minimum lower second class Honours and an IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.

Grant opportunities

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards that commence in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There is a large range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

Learning outcomes

The University's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS) provides our students with access to some of the world's leading research facilities giving you the best career foundation.

With an annual value to Australia of approximately $40 billion and growing, graduates from the University of Tasmania are highly sought-after in a range of fields. The commercial fishing and aquaculture industry directly employs 7000 people in Australia and Tasmania is the country's largest commercial operator in this area.

The degree allows graduates to pursue exciting careers in marine and climate research, fisheries management, aquaculture, non-governmental organisations, environmental governance and all levels of government from local to global.

The skills and knowledge you gain places you in a prime position to have a real impact on practices, processes and policies on a local, national or worldwide scale.

Our degrees provide graduates with specialised skills and an educational experience centred on ecological sustainability. Once graduated, students are able to contribute to the sustainable management of the marine environment, thereby increasing the total quality of life as described in Australia's National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

We have graduates working across the world in a variety of positions and organisations.

Career opportunities (dependent on field of study)
  • Scientific Officer
  • Coastal Community Engagement Officer
  • Federal or State Government advisor (policy / environment)
  • Antarctic Researcher – Australian Antarctic Division
  • Marine Park Manager
  • Commercial Diver
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Australian Customs
  • Fish Health Officer / Fisheries Biologist
  • Aquarium Manager
  • Aquaculturist / aquaculture entrepreneur
  • Aquaculture farm manager
  • Ice Core Chemist
  • Climatologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Hatchery Technician
  • Fisheries Management Officer
  • Fishery Stock Assessment
  • Quota Licensing Officer
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Quality Assessment Technician
  • Researcher or University Lecturer
Further Study Opportunities

The specialist streams in this course provide a clear pathway for students who are interested in undertaking a research higher degree such as a PhD in their specialist area. IMAS is the perfect place to undertake further study, with supervisors who are international experts with global connections.


To be admitted to study the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science you will need an Australian Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent qualification at a recognised tertiary institution with a major in life sciences (such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, zoology, plant science, marine biology, ecology etc).

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Master of Marine and Antarctic Science requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0)

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the international future students website.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management