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Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost Course cost based on a rate of $37,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

Our Marine and Antarctic Science degree is the only one of its kind in Australia and is offered at one of the best places in the world for temperate marine studies. It gives you the skills and knowledge for a career in the exciting, growing and globally critical marine, fisheries, aquaculture, and Antarctic sectors.

If you enjoy the natural and physical sciences, you can combine your passion for science with a love of the outdoors and adventure. This could be by pursuing a career in research, or in a more applied way through the sustainable aquaculture industry. For those interested in politics and policy, the world needs experts who understand the complexities of our marine environments to help set marine and Antarctic governance, working with countries, governments and private business all over the world towards common, sustainable goals.

The survival of humanity is linked to the health of coasts and oceans. It’s no understatement to say that those who study and work in this sector are directly contributing to the future of humanity, and the survival of our natural world.

For all our study options, you can be working with countries, governments and private business all over the world to realise common, sustainable development outcomes. No matter your passion, you will learn at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), our world-class centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education.


The Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science normally takes three years to finish and requires the successful completion of 24 units. The five specialisations that are available are:

Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)

Solving complex geopolitical environmental issues requires an understanding of the science at the core of issues and communicating this information to government in a compelling way to inform policy. Take a multidisciplinary approach to learning with topics available ranging from Marine Ecology to International Relations.

Marine Biology (Hobart)

The study of marine plants and animals is a field that can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. Careers in this area include working as a marine biologist anywhere in the world.

Marine Resource Management (Launceston)

With a booming world population, the stress on an already strained environment and its natural resources is being felt particularly strongly in the Southern Oceans. This major gives you the qualifications to create a career in this globally significant field as you work towards meeting challenges now and in the future.

Physical Oceanography (Hobart)

The study of ocean currents, changing ocean temperatures and sea-level and the ocean’s role in the climate system can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. This major gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an oceanographer anywhere in the world.

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)

Sustainability is the key to the future of the aquaculture industry. Designed with industry needs in mind, gain knowledge and skills to create innovative processes that provide sustainable environmental, economic, and community benefits to, and from, the aquaculture industry.

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

All students wishing to study at the University Tasmania (UTAS) must meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements.

Some courses have higher English language or academic entry requirements, prerequisite subjects, or additional conditions such as portfolios or interviews. Check the course entry requirements for your desired course on our course and unit handbook page.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

Academic Requirements - Undergraduate


Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to the 12th year in Australia. Some courses also require the completion of pre-requisite subjects, such as Mathematics or Chemistry.

We have provided a list of countries and their academic qualifications that meet the University's minimum entry requirements.

You can view the entry requirements for your desired undergraduate program by searching for your course on our course and unit handbook page. Students who do not meet the undergraduate entry requirements at the University may be eligible for the Foundation Studies Program which can be used as a pathway into an undergraduate course.


Register in the portal and apply there

Grant opportunities

For international students visit this website


Learning outcomes

Course‐level Learning Outcomes at years 1–3 and in year 4 are based upon the national Threshold Learning Outcomes in Science, which have been modified for the BMarAntSc, have been externally mapped to the AQF descriptors.

Years 1-3: AQF Bachelor Degree – Level 7

On completion of the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, graduates will be able to:

  1. Solve problems in marine and/or Antarctic disciplines through applying the methods of science.
  2. Evaluate complex issues in marine and/or Antarctic science through applying appropriate interdisciplinary approaches, reflective practise and critical thinking.
  3. Evaluate and synthesise published information from a range of sources, including practitioners, to identify key issues in marine and/or Antarctic Science.
  4. Plan a focussed research investigation utilising appropriate practical and/or theoretical techniques relevant to the discipline.
  5. Collect, record and analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data to solve discipline-specific problems.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication of marine and Antarctic science concepts, results and/or commercially relevant information - in written and oral forms.
  7. Translate diverse forms of knowledge to provide relevant information for stakeholders engaged in policy and/or management of the marine and/or Antarctic environment.
  8. Demonstrate independent, ethical, legal, responsible and safe work practises that are appropriate for working in the discipline.


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2019, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 55.1. The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

All other domestic applicants

Applicants must meet the University’s General Entry Requirements.

Subject Prerequisites

These prerequisites apply to all applicants.

Some specialisations require studies and experience equivalent to satisfactory performance in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:


Prerequisite Senior Secondary Studies

Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)


Marine Biology (Hobart)

Chemistry and General Mathematics

Marine Resource Management (Launceston)


Physical Oceanography (Hobart)

Mathematics Methods and Physics

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)


You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subjects above. If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your specialisation.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Ocean Literacy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography