Bachelor of Marine Science
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This degree provides the skills, knowledge and fieldwork needed to regulate and monitor the use of marine resources, to solve problems and conduct research.
The degree offers a new multidisciplinary program of core units to enhance your breadth of knowledge across marine biology and geosciences. Whilst science communication, management and marine chemistry are additional options, you will gain relevant core skills in statistical analysis, report writing and project planning.
Marine scientists work on the conservation, use and development of the marine and coastal environment.
Protection and wise use of our natural resources is increasingly important. There is a need for skilled personnel who can advise upon, organise and control the development of marine resources and activities.
- The strong science foundation underpinning this degree provides a wide range of opportunities in environmental fields.
- The flexible approach allows you to explore a wide range of interests while still focusing on aspects of marine science related to biology, ecology, geology and physical geography.
- Fieldwork is integral and includes optional short courses to the Great Barrier Reef.
Macquarie's PACE program gives graduates real-world experience
Macquarie University knows today's graduates need more than just academic skills. That’s why its PACE program takes students out of the lecture theatre and places them in the heart of their chosen careers. PACE gives students invaluable life experience that sets them apart from other university graduates and, as a result, makes them better equipped for the real world and more attractive to employers.
North Ryde (Sydney)
Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)
Minimum course duration
3 years full-time
If you want to be involved in the regulation, monitoring or research of the marine environment and are interested in science and sustainability.
Fees quoted are the estimated payable fees for the relevant degree in 2014, based on a typical credit load calculation per academic session. An individual student's credit load may change in each academic session. The University reviews per credit point fees each year and fees may change year on year. For courses of more than one year in duration, students will pay the fee that is current for the year of enrolment. Students may incur other fees, charges and conditions for each session in which they enrol and are advised to check these with the University before enrolment. More information on tuition fees.
- Recommended: HSC Earth and Environmental Science and HSC Biology; or international equivalents
English language requirements
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||69|
|Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above||39|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||18|
|Minimum number of credit points designated as science||42|
|Completion of a designated People unit|
|Completion of a designated Planet unit|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Bachelor of Marine Science specialisations:
- aquaculture/mariculture specialist
- coastal manager
- computer-based ecological modeller
- environmental consultant
- exploration geologist
- marine geologist
- marine palaeontologist
- marine tourism guide
- petroleum geologist or geophysicist
- satellite imagery specialist
- teacher and researcher
- underwater archaeologist
- coastal planning and management agencies
- Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
- Department of Primary Industries
- environmental consultancies
- geological survey organisations
- government agencies
- law specialising in: marine issues; parks and wildlife services; recreation planning
- parks and wildlife services
- Royal Australian Navy
- scientific research organisations
Renata Pronk, Graduate, Bachelor of Marine Science
Renata Pronk decided to undertake a Bachelor of Marine Science because she always had a fascination with the ocean and all the organisms that live within it. "Macquarie University is one of the few universities that offers marine science and it is well equipped with supportive staff and lecturers."
Renata currently works as a Research Officer at the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water in the marine reserves division of the Parks and Wildlife Group.
Professor Rob Harcourt. Lecturer Marine Science and Marine Birds and Mammals
Professor Rob Harcourt lectures in Marine Science and Marine Birds and Mammals. Rob believes in getting out of the classroom and into the wild. For example, in one of his classes his students do surveys from Sydney 45km out to sea measuring seabird and marine mammal abundance and diversity.