Undergraduate + Postgraduate

Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) and Master of Marine Science

Gain specialised knowledge of marine life and a solid understanding of the physical processes across our coastal marine environments.
90
ATAR
4
Years Full Time

Contact us

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 options.

Career Pathways

Graduates can find a range of employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • Marine environmental consulting
  • State and local governments who manage coastal planning and infrastructure
  • Government agencies that manage fisheries (e.g. DPRID), marine conservation (e.g. DBCA) or lead marine research projects (e.g. CSIRO,AIMS, Geoscience Australia)
  • Resource industry
  • Marine industry
  • Marine Renewables
  • Aquaculture
  • NGOs
  • Academia

 

Graduates can find a range of employment opportunities in areas such as:

  • Marine environmental consulting
  • State and local governments who manage coastal planning and infrastructure
  • Government agencies that manage fisheries (e.g. DPRID), marine conservation (e.g. DBCA) or lead marine research projects (e.g. CSIRO,AIMS, Geoscience Australia)
  • Resource industry
  • Marine industry
  • Marine Renewables
  • Aquaculture
  • NGOs
  • Academia

 

Fees and scholarships

Fees for this course are currently being finalised, refer back to this page in the coming weeks as more information will be made available then.

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.

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.

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

Minimum entry requirements

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

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 Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

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

This Combined Bachelor and Master (CBM) is a four-year accelerated program for those with an ATAR of 90 or above. Over the first three years you’ll complete a double major in 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 and be awarded a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Marine Science at the end of the four years.

About the course

Gain the knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats facing our marine and coastal environments.
Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) and Master of Marine Science

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Level of study
  • Undergraduate + Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CM010
CRICOS code
  • 102872C
Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) and Master of Marine Science
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Level of study
  • Undergraduate + Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CM010
CRICOS code
  • 102872C
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years full time or equivalent
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science

Why study this course?

  • UWA is ranked 29th in the world in Marine Science and Oceanography (QS 2020) and has brand new nationally unique facilities and resources that are used across our marine studies
  • Learning is richly embedded with internationally recognised research, often led by UWA’s global experts, encouraging research-based inquiry through cutting edge science
  • Western Australia’s unique marine environment has led UWA to identify the understanding our oceans and marine environment as one of its grand challenges, and our double major provides students with the knowledge required to develop solutions to the threats facing our marine and coastal environments
 

You'll learn to

  • use a range of contemporary techniques and instrumentation to collect data in the field and in the laboratory
  • analyse, synthesise and interpret data that varies in space and time
  • interpret patterns and integrate knowledge of physical and biological processes to address real world problems

 

Course structure

In your first three years, you will complete the Marine Science (double major) and a semester of postgraduate study. You will then complete your selected specialisation in either the Master of Biological Science or Master of Environmental Science. Refer to the example study plan for more information.

Marine Science Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s

BSc (Marine Science Double Major) and Master of Biological Science or Master of Environmental Science

#4ec3e0Undergraduate (UG) specific units

Elective units

Postgraduate (PG) specific units

YEAR SEMESTER UNITS
1ST YEAR 1 BIOL1130 SCOM1101 EART1105 CITS1401
2 BIOL1131 CITS2402 ENVT2221 EART2204
2ND YEAR 1 ENVT2250 GEOG2201 SCIE2204 SCIE1104
2 BIOL2204 BIOL3305 ENVT3307 ENVT3362
3RD YEAR 1 ENVT3306 SCIE3304 Elective Elective
2 PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific*
4TH YEAR 1 PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific*
2 PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific* PG Specific*

* Postgraduate units will vary depending on your chosen specialisation, a study plan will be provided later in your degree.


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Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical industry relevant experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

Develop your employability skills through a science work placement. The following units are available to all science undergraduate students who are looking to gain practical hands-on industry relevant experience:

Your degree options

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Institute

UWA Oceans Institute

Research boat on the ocean

The UWA Oceans Institute brings together the University’s multidisciplinary research strengths across areas including oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to address key ocean challenges.

Institute

The Ocean Institute’s mission is to draw on our world-leading marine research to tackle issues of national and global significance. We are uniquely placed to provide ocean solutions to real-world challenges, through the breadth and depth of our marine expertise, our state-of-the-art facilities and geographic reach.

Visit the Oceans Institute website

 

Centre

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

Purpose-built collaborative facility for marine science and ocean engineering research.

Centre

The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) provides innovative and effective solutions to challenges facing the world's oceans. Built for the UWA Oceans Institute, the IOMRC brings together more than 300 marine scientists across disciplines including biodiversity, fishing, tourism, Indigenous engagement, climate change, oceanography and conservation.

Visit the IOMRC webpage