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Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost $128,448 ($16,056 per semester)

Marine Science is the study of the ocean. Marine scientists look into the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society, and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal resources and regions. They spend their time observing, defining and experimenting with coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change, as well as using emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable management of these environments.

The Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) takes advantage of the diverse NSW South Coast environment, which is an ideal location to undertake specialist marine training. This setting provides substantial fieldwork opportunities in addition to the extensive laboratory-based learning you will undertake during the course. The specialist marine science training, combined with a broad background in biology and geosciences, opens up a range of employment opportunities in organisations such as State Fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils, and environmental consultancies.

Honours is built into this program in the fourth year, where you will expand your knowledge even further through targeted research, together with required seminars and coursework.

You will learn the skills required for a career in government, industry and environment-related companies. In addition, an Honours degree in Marine Science opens up opportunities in state fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils and environmental consultancies.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

Students graduating from this course will be able to:

1. Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.

2. Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.

3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.

4. Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums.

5. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with Marine Science that can be applied in a professional context.

6. Independently plan and execute a research project in Marine Science.

7. Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program: 

- IELTS overall score 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in each component)

- TOEFL (Internet-based) 70 (minimum 18 in Reading and Writing, minimum 17 in Listening and Speaking)

ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Marine spatial planning