Undergraduate major

Marine Biology

Learn about the biological foundations of the oceans, the diversity of marine life, and how species interact with the aquatic environment. Explore how humans are impacting the oceans, and the likely response of marine life to climate and environmental changes.

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Murdoch code

MJ-MRNB

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

It is estimated that up to 80% of all life on earth exists in the ocean – it could be even more considering less than 10% of the ocean has been explored by humans.

Forget swimming with dolphins and looking at coral – although there’s every chance you’ll get to do that at some point in your degree – a major in Marine Biology will ensure you develop a detailed understanding of the biota and ecological processes of marine environments. Gain an appreciation of the diversity of marine life, the interactions between species and biota, and the physical environment.

With a strong emphasis on fundamental biological principles and how these underpin successful marine management, you’ll cover topics including fish, wildlife populations and ecology, aquaculture and human impacts, through extensive field work and practical learning.

5 reasons to study Marine Biology at Murdoch

  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality.*
    *Source: Good Universities Guide 2021
  • Every unit you study will have laboratory sessions or fieldwork, so you’ll be job ready when you graduate.
  • Learn in industry standard laboratories, like the marine and freshwater research laboratory, equipped with world class research instruments.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in several field camps, including a 5-day research camp to Point Peron in your third year.
  • Head to Coral Bay for a 10-day field camp if you choose to study optional third year unit, Tropical Marine Biology.

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:

  • animal diversity
  • marine ecology
  • marine botany
  • animal speciation, radiation and evolution
  • fish and wildlife populations.

Your future career

A Marine Biology major will create opportunities in a range of environmental related fields, across industries.

Careers could include:

  • Aquatic Ecologist
  • Marine Policy and Planning Officer
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Coastal Community Officer
  • Marine Biologist in marine-based tourism.

You will find jobs in marine policy and planning in government, marine and coastal environmental groups and consultancies, industry sectors such as aquaculture, fisheries and marine-based tourism and University and Government-funded 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.

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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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