Undergraduate

Marine Science

If you’re fascinated by our amazing marine and coastal environments – Marine Science is the major for you.
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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

Graduates are employed in fisheries and marine conservation agencies at state and federal levels (such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife), consulting firms, resources industry, fishing industry, agencies such as Greenpeace and Reef Check, and in research at CSIRO, the Oceans Institute and universities.
Graduates are employed in fisheries and marine conservation agencies at state and federal levels (such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife), consulting firms, resources industry, fishing industry, agencies such as Greenpeace and Reef Check, and in research at CSIRO, the Oceans Institute and universities.

Further Study

As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research into the structure and/or functioning of the relatively understudied marine ecosystem. Research projects range from marine conservation and fisheries management through community and population ecology and behaviour to physical and biological oceanography or coastal management. You may study near-shore benthic habitats or the open oceans or even the deep-sea, either collecting data yourself or analysing that gathered remotely by video or sonic recorders. In doing so you will acquire skills in critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, scientific writing and public presentation. This will equip you for entry into postgraduate research programs or workplaces such as environmental consultancies or local and national government agencies.
As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research into the structure and/or functioning of the relatively understudied marine ecosystem. Research projects range from marine conservation and fisheries management through community and population ecology and behaviour to physical and biological oceanography or coastal management. You may study near-shore benthic habitats or the open oceans or even the deep-sea, either collecting data yourself or analysing that gathered remotely by video or sonic recorders. In doing so you will acquire skills in critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, scientific writing and public presentation. This will equip you for entry into postgraduate research programs or workplaces such as environmental consultancies or local and national government agencies.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2018
$8,622.63
Typical Fee Range - 2018
$6,444.00 - $10,754.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2017
$109,500.00
Total Course Fee - 2018
$113,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Western Australia’s marine environment is a biodiversity hot spot with up to 80 per cent of fish, invertebrates and other organisms found nowhere else in the world, making WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies.

About The Course

This major includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment.
Marine Science

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Albany
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MARSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
Marine Science
Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Perth
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Albany
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-MARSC
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWSCI
  • UWBPH
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science

Ashley Marino

Ashley Marino

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

Popular combinations

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor’s degrees.