Undergraduate major

Marine Science

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.

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Murdoch code

MJ-MRN

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Get up close with nature

Our on-campus conservation category wetlands and banksia woodland is home to turtles, quendas and cockatoos, plus more.

Get hands-on experience

Expand your practical experience with a range of field trips, like research camps to Coral Bay when you study Marine Biology.

Volunteer for projects

Participate in environmental social groups where you can participate in environmental initiatives, network and socialise. 

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Overview

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.  

3 reasons to study Marine Science at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • 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.

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.

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.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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