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SEEK KNOWLEDGE IN DEPTH Endless opportunities 

Whether we are supporting the training of the next generation of offshore innovators or undertaking international research collaborations, the Oceans Institute is committed to supporting the scholarship of our blue planet for a better tomorrow.


Top 3 benefits of studying the ocean at UWA

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Learn from world-leading academics
Work closely with the UWA Oceans Institute, which includes over 100 of the world's most recognised ocean engineers, marine scientists, oceanographers and oceans governance specialists
Top ranked in ocean science
2020 Academic Research World University rankings place UWA in the world’s top 50 for 11 subjects, including 6 directly relating to the OI Members’ achievements:
  • Marine/Ocean Engineering
     1st in Australia, 5th in the world
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
    1st in Australia, 21st in the world
  • Oceanography
    3rd in Australia, 22nd in the world
  • Biological Sciences
    1st in Australia, 34th in the world
  • Water Resources
    7th in Australia, 46th in the world
  • Ecology
    7th in Australia, 47th in the world
Industry & government partnerships

AIMS@UWA Alliance
Apply for a joint supported PhD at UWA with the Australian Institute Marine Science (AIMS). Enjoy access to nationally relevant research, government funded research infrastructure including access to research onboard AIMS vessel the RV Solander and SeaSim, world-class marine research aquarium facility for tropical marine research where future scenarios can be simulated. 

Woodside OceanWorks Internship Program
Kickstart your career with a paid Summer or Winter internship offered through the OceanWorks program. You will gain practical experience and mentorship from world-renowned researchers while working on an industry-linked problem in ocean engineering and related topics. 


Courses for everyone

At UWA, you can dive as deep as you like into oceans studies. From 6-week micro credentials on specific subjects to PhDs and beyond, the question is how deep do you want to go?

UWA microcredential short courses



UWA+ offers short courses that focus on the skills that are in high demand by employers and industry, and give you the flexibility to choose what works for you. Update, upskill or reskill, complete a one-off course or combine multiple micro-credentials that can be converted to academic credit toward an undergraduate or postgraduate course – the choice is yours. The Oceans Institute offer a range of courses on contemporary ocean topics. Sign up to UWA+ for notifications when Ocean courses become available.

The course was engaging, challenging and most of all eye-opening. Julia Reisser was a great teacher and a wealth of knowledge

Saskia Hornivius

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Undergraduate Courses

Marine Science
If our amazing marine and coastal environments fascinate you, a Marine Science major could be for you.

Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences (Double Major)
This double major offers a research-led experience in studying the Earth, from the planet’s early history to its near future, and from the ocean floors to its highest mountains.

Bachelor of Science (Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences)
Be at the forefront of creating a more sustainable future for our planet by gaining a holistic understanding of Earth and its oceans.


Postgraduate Courses

Masters of Ocean Leadership
Develop the skills needed to work in a range of marine-related fields to strategically address human challenges in ocean systems.


Masters of Biological Science
Up to 80 per cent of WA's plants, marine fish and invertebrates are unique to the area. Explore marine and terrestrial biodiversity hotspots. 


Masters of Environmental Science
Take an interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Science with a specialisation in Environmental Management, Marine and Coastal, Catchments and Water, Environmental Rehabilitation, Sensing and Environmental Data or Environmental Economics.


PhD Opportunities

Take your studies even further by pursuing a PhD with world leaders in ocean research across a range of disciplines. You will receive supervision and mentorship from the renowned researchers while pursuing building deep expertise about our oceans. 

To apply, find supervisors or scholarship opportunities, visit the link below. 

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