What impact is a warmer climate having on marine ecosystems? This is just one of the many questions you will explore as you learn about the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions within the world’s oceans.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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
- 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.
Some of the things you’ll learn
- coastal and marine management
- oceanography and marine pollution
- marine ecology
- atmospheric science
- animal diversity.
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.
Recommended double majors
- Conservation and Wildlife Biology
- Environmental Management and Sustainability
- Environmental Science
- Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Mathematics and Statistics.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Students undertaking units in Marine Science will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal but they will be required to work with fresh tissue from dead animals in certain units.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
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.
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