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Whether we are training the next generation of ocean innovators or undertaking international research collaborations, the Oceans Institute supports the study of our blue planet for a better tomorrow.


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Learn from world-leading academics
Work closely with academic from the UWA Oceans Institute, which includes over 100 of the world's most recognised ocean engineers, marine biologists, and oceanographers.
We are top ranked in ocean science
2023 Academic Research World University rankings place UWA in the world’s top 50 for nine subjects, including four directly relating to the OI Members’ achievements:
  • Marine/Ocean Engineering
    1st in Australia, 17th in the world
  • Biological Sciences
    1st in Australia, 32nd in the world
  • Oceanography
    3rd in Australia, 26th in the world
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
    2nd in Australia, 38th in the world
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Undergraduate Courses

Ocean Innovation Minor (ATAR 75+)
This minor is for UWA undergraduate students looking to undertake multi-disciplinary studies around the ocean.
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Marine Biology Major (ATAR 75+)

If you’re fascinated by our amazing marine life and the coastal environments in which they live, then this major can be taken alongside any other major in our comprehensive Bachelor’s degrees.  Learn more >


Marine and Coastal Processes Major (ATAR 75+)

Majoring in Marine and Coastal Processes offers an understanding of how our coastal and marine environments operate and can remain resilient in the future. This major is also available in any of our comprehensive Bachelor’s degrees.  Learn more >

Bachelor of Marine Science (ATAR 80+)

The Bachelor of Marine Science offers the full breadth of the marine science discipline, combining knowledge of marine life with a solid understanding of the physical environment across all levels of biological organisation. Learn more >


Bachelor of Earth Sciences- Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences (ATAR 80+)
This extended major offers a research-led experience in studying the Earth, from the planet’s early history to its foreseeable future, and from the ocean floors to its highest mountains. Learn more >


Bachelor of Marine Science and Master of Marine Biology (ATAR 90+)

This Combined Bachelor's and Master's (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program. Over the first three years you’ll complete the Bachelor of Marine Science, and a semester of postgraduate study. You can then choose to exit after three years with an Advanced Bachelor's Degree in Marine Science, or continue with a final year of postgraduate study, including a research project, and be awarded these two degrees in 4 years.  Learn more >


Postgraduate Courses

Masters of Oceanography
Challenge yourself with Australia’s only Master of Oceanography while gaining a unique experience at UWA.

Masters of Marine Biology

This course is designed to prepare you for a meaningful marine biology career in industry or as a researcher.

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 Environmental Science
This highly inter-disciplinary course provides a rigorous understanding of environmental processes, in parallel to studies in environmental policy and management approaches. It has several specialisations which you can tailor to your ocean interests.


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 renowned researchers while building deep expertise about any aspect of our oceans, coastlines, and marine biodiversity. 

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

Industry & government partnerships

AIMS@UWA Alliance
Apply for a jointly supported PhD project 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, and a world-class research aquarium 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. 

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