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Bachelor of Science in Marine Science

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points. DOMESTIC TYPICAL FEE RANGE - 2020 $6,684.00 - $11,155.00 - INTERNATIONAL TOTAL COURSE FEE - 2020 $164,800.00

This major includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment. Through experimental design and research you’ll learn to appreciate the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems. It is envisaged that there will be up to three overnight field trips (cost of food and accommodation of up to $500 for around 10 nights to be paid by the student).


Career Pathways 

Graduates are employed in fisheries and marine conservation agencies at state and federal levels (such as the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions), consulting firms, resources industry, fishing industry, agencies such as Greenpeace and Reef Check, and in research at CSIRO, the Oceans Institute and universities.



Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

1. Check your chosen course is open to applications.

2. Make sure you meet UWA’s academic entry requirements.

3. Ensure you meet our English language competency requirement and any course/major prerequisites.

4. Apply!

Grant opportunities

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Learning outcomes

You can choose either: 


-Coastal and Ocean System Specialisation 

-Marine Biology Specialisation 



-Check the list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).


-For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.


-Mathematics requirement: This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR


-English Competency: English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Marine spatial planning