Australia is surrounded by three oceans with 85% of our population living near the coast. With growing evidence that increasing human populations and rising global temperatures are impacting marine ecosystems, how we assess and manage the use of our oceans and their resources has become crucial.
Benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach and study a range of subjects including oceanography, atmospheric science, marine biology, marine ecology and marine management. In the process, you’ll learn how to assess the state of the marine environment, investigate climate change adaptation and be trained in management with an emphasis on coastal ecosystems.
You’ll develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, laboratory and research methods, advanced field procedures, numerical and spatial analysis techniques and report writing, which are highly sought after by employers in this field.
6 reasons to study Marine Science at Murdoch
- Contribute to the future of our marine industries, which add more than $50 billion each year to the “blue economy”.
- Develop a scientific understanding of marine ecosystems that is needed to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources.
- Prepare to tackle major global challenges, including ocean health and conservation of marine biodiversity, with the scientific background required to guide management decisions.
- Learn how modern technology has revolutionised oceanography, and how increased data availability enables advanced analysis for better understanding of the world’s oceans.
- Have the opportunity to study speciality minors such as Fisheries Science that will give you specific industry knowledge.
- Gain valuable field experience in marine, coastal and estuarine environments with camps and trips along the coast of Western Australia, and have opportunities to get involved in research, industry and community projects while you study.
Customise your course
Customise your course with a second major or combined degree. Adding a second major or combined degree enhances your career prospects and allows you to specialise in two areas of study. Here are some combinations we recommend:
- Conservation and Wildlife Biology
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
- Environmental Science
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Mathematics and Statistics.
Your future career
When you graduate, you will be qualified to work as a scientist in marine environmental management, marine industries, marine biodiversity conservation, marine-based tourism and marine ecology.
Careers could include:
- Coastal Manager
- Fisheries Officer
- Marine Environmental Consultant
- Biological Oceanographer
- Marine Park Ranger
- Researcher (with further study).
You can find jobs in government departments responsible for marine and coastal policy, planning and management, marine environmental consultancy companies, industry sectors such as oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, ports and tourism, and marine research institutions.
Your Application Checklist
- Check the course details
- Check the entry requirements for the course to clarify your eligibility
- Check your eligibility for a scholarship
- Prepare your documentation (see the checklist below)
- Ask us any questions you might have (we're here to help!)
- Now you're ready to apply!
Your Document Checklist
Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.
- Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
- ATAR results
- STAT Test results
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
What you’ll learn
Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:
- coastal and marine management
- oceanography and marine pollution
- marine ecology
- atmospheric science
- animal diversity.