Oceans Graduate School
Providing innovative and effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s oceans
The Oceans Graduate School engages in fundamental and applied research to find solutions for the critical issues facing our oceans, coasts and estuaries. Our School comprises state-of-the-art facilities around Western Australia used for world-class marine research to investigate the ocean.
The issues facing our oceans are complex and our School gives students not just the scientific knowledge they require, but the technology, resources and community involvement that is essential for the future. We provide students with a science-based education and the know-how to form strong policy and governance, which creates a team of leaders ready to confront global issues. Our flagship course, the Master of Ocean Leadership, centres on tackling real threats our oceans face and provides graduates with the skills to lead multidisciplinary projects across the Indian Ocean.
- Offshore Geotechnical Engineering
- Coastal Engineering
- Marine Geoscience
- Marine Ecology
Master of Ocean Leadership
The Master of Ocean Leadership combines science, engineering, law and environmental management to create a thorough course tackling the challenges our oceans face and finding ways to improve the future of our seas.
Micro-credentials are short professional qualifications that demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience in a given subject area. These qualifications can be completed as a one-off or you can stack them up towards a higher qualification. Complete a micro-credential to improve your employability and future career outcomes.
Multidisciplinary research centres
- ARC Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities
The Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Offshore Floating Facilities (OFFshore ITRH) is a multi-disciplinary research initiative jointly funded by industry and the Australian Research Council. OFFshore ITRH are collaborating on the critical engineering challenges faced by offshore oil and gas projects by creating improved design and operating procedures. The team are based at the University of Western Australia, with nodes at Western Sydney University and The University of Southampton.
- Albany Wave Energy Research Centre
The Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) in Albany, Western Australia, was built to look at ways we can generate renewable energy from our oceans on an industrial scale.
- Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
The Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) is a world-leading research facility used to examine offshore geomechanics and engineering.
- ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world-best integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs.
People and research
The greatest minds in marine and ocean biology are collaborating at our world-leading facilities.
Charitha PattiaratchiTeaching, Research
Charitha Pattiaratchi is a professor of coastal oceanography and works within UWA’s Oceans Graduate School.Read more
Dr Britta Bienen
Dr Britta Bienen is an Associate Professor at the UWA Oceans Graduate School and Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. She is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, International Standards Organisation committee member and Lloyd’s Register Foundation Associate Professor.Read more
Professor Christophe Gaudin
Head of the Oceans Graduate School, and Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems and the Wave Energy Research Centre.Read more
Professor Ryan Lowe
Professor Ryan Lowe’s research bridges the fields of coastal engineering and physical oceanography. He studies ocean waves and currents in the ‘coastal zone’, including how they drive processes such as coastal flooding, erosion and water quality.Read more
The Oceans Graduate School has a range of partnerships with local, national and international organisations and bodies.
- The Australian Institute of Marine Science
- The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- The West Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)
- Ningaloo Alliance
- The Pawsey Super Computing Centre
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
- Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
The Oceans Graduate School also collaborates with nine international universities and institutes involved in ocean research.
Albany to become global leader in wave energy
The Great Southern is one step closer to becoming a global leader in marine renewable energy after the Albany Visitor Centre was announced as the location for the Wave Energy Research Centre after the State Government awarded $3.75 million to The University of Western AustraliaRead more
Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have found that some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry.Read more