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Coastal and Marine Science (Coastal and Marine Science )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost The indicative first-year fee for international students is 32,000 Australian dollars and 9,000 for Australian and New Zealand residents. It is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year.

This major responds to the growing need to protect Australia’s coastlines, with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences, and resource management.

The program is informed and delivered by staff with research expertise in fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries, and aquaculture.

It has also been designed with industry input, to ensure you develop scientific and marine research skills. You will be challenged to think as a marine scientist, developing your initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

During your studies, you'll interact with professionals working in marine and coastal science and management, such as Western Australia’s departments of Fisheries, Environmental Protection, and Environment and Conservation; marine science consultancies; and Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology.


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

Application procedure

 To apply for this major, apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) following this .

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in keeping with community and industry standards, and relevant to marine science
  • Apply principles and practices of environmental and biological science to the planning and sustainable management of coastal zones
  • Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing Australia’s coastal zones
  • Locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making; critically assess the value of information and available data in the creation of a scientifically-based argument
  • Demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills appropriate to the conduct of a science professional
  • Argue the merits and limitations of current and developing technologies in marine and coastal research and management
  • Use research and learning skills to maintain currency of knowledge of the science related to management of coastal and marine areas; evaluate and actively engage in their own continued learning and development as environmental scientists
  • Recognise the national and global imperatives driving coastal changes to biological, chemical and physical systems; integrate international case studies and experiences in the application of knowledge to coastal decision-making
  • Incorporate indigenous and other community perspectives in the development of solutions to issues relating to the coastal zone

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Marine archaeology
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling
Environmental protection technology
Offshore and renewable energy