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Bachelor of Marine Science (Bachelor of Marine Science )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost $32.500 annual full time

As a student you will address and manage complex issues to ensure that marine industries prosper sustainably in healthy marine ecosystems. As a graduate, you will be equipped to tackle problems that affect our oceans, tourism, fisheries and food production, climate change, maritime pollution and waste management.

With cutting-edge teaching and research strengths, Griffith University is an ideal location to study marine science. Located within easy access to a variety of extensive natural and artificial waterways, iconic surf beaches and the diverse wetlands and coastal biodiversity of Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast is the perfect natural laboratory.

You will be offered a marine industry placement, through the Industry Affiliates Program and/or a capstone experience that will expose you to professional activities in fisheries, aquaculture, marine conservation, coastal management and/or coastal engineering.

In your first year, you will take core courses that provide the necessary foundations in the basic sciences. In second and third years, you focus on your chosen area of specialisation.

The Bachelor of Marine Science is offered as a full time three year degree, in an on-campus mode. You can also study this degree part-time, but note that courses are offered in day-time hours in on-campus mode.



Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Language training

Application procedure

Selection for admission to an undergraduate degree is made on the basis of academic merit.

Selection for admission is competitive as the number of applicants generally exceeds the places available. The minimum requirement for eligibility for admission is completion of Year 12 of secondary school or equivalent academic achievement.

Prerequisites for admission may be specified in terms of levels of achievement in particular Year 12 subjects. Prerequisite conditions may be satisfied by other study or experience which is considered to be equivalent to the Year 12 prerequisites. More information is available on the Prerequisites and Assumed Knowledge website.

Domestic applicants should apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Domestic applicants from NSW and ACT should apply for admission through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Learning outcomes

You will find career opportunities in coastal resource management, fisheries laboratories, conservation and pollution control management, coastal physical science (modelling or meteorology), marine science institutes, medium and large consultancy companies, marine parks, education research and specialist marine-focused organisations such as Coastalwatch.


English (4,SA); Applicants must meet the minimum age requirements for admission. See QTAC website.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling