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Bachelor of Environmental Management - Marine Science Major

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. 2020 Indicative First Year Fee $9,527*


By studying how human activity impacts our planet, environmental scientists help shape policy and environmental regulations to create sustainable solutions. This degree will teach you the theory and practical skills you need to influence decisions by providing guidance on how to create a balance between economic, social and environmental concerns. A hands-on learning experience allows students to tackle real-world problems and fieldwork is a key feature of a number of courses in the degree. Fields of study include biology, earth science, ecology, environmental chemistry, geography and marine science.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Grant opportunities

We offer a range of scholarships for local and international students, including high school leavers, other future students and current UNSW students.

Learning outcomes

1.Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the study of the environment, to environmental management and to the solution of environmental problems.


2.Demonstrate depth of advanced knowledge in a specialisation of environmental science and management such as Biology, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Geography or Marine and Coastal Science.


3.Work professionally and ethically both as an independent scientist and within teams.


4.Use a range of quantitative methods and technologies relevant to environmental science and management and critically evaluate and systematically analyse data for the purpose of solving environmental problems.


5.Demonstrate broad knowledge of environmental science including interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary competency across the physical and biological sciences and apply this to a wide variety of situations.


6.Review and cogently synthesize relevant literature, and write documents commonly used in environmental science and management.


7.Consider the impact of global diversity and international perspectives on the discipline and practice of environmental management.




1. 2019 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2019 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019.

2. 2019 QLD OP

QLD OP is an indication of the OP you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

3. 2020 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

4. 2019 A levels

The 2019 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

5. 2019 IB Diploma

The 2019 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2019. It is to be used as a guide only.

6. 2019 Lowest ATAR

The 2019 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Environmental protection technology
Marine spatial planning