Master of Oceanography

Challenge yourself with Australia’s only Master of Oceanography while gaining a unique experience at UWA
1.5-2
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

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

The Master of Oceanography has core units that seek to ensure students have strong interdisciplinary knowledge and technical skills to take advantage of diverse career opportunities in government, industry, consultancies and research institutions. The need for marine and coastal management, marine renewable energy, safe use of the ocean and aquaculture will require graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge of oceanography.

Specific job titles could include:

  • Oceanographer
  • Coastal Officer
  • Marine Consultant
  • Coastal Geologist
  • Coastal Manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Marine Conservation Specialist
  • Marine Geochemist
  • Applied Ocean Scientist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Ocean Data Scientist

The Master of Oceanography has core units that seek to ensure students have strong interdisciplinary knowledge and technical skills to take advantage of diverse career opportunities in government, industry, consultancies and research institutions. The need for marine and coastal management, marine renewable energy, safe use of the ocean and aquaculture will require graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge of oceanography.

Specific job titles could include:

  • Oceanographer
  • Coastal Officer
  • Marine Consultant
  • Coastal Geologist
  • Coastal Manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Fisheries Scientist
  • Marine Conservation Specialist
  • Marine Geochemist
  • Applied Ocean Scientist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Ocean Data Scientist

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have -

  • a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA; and
  • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and
  • successfully completed prior tertiary study in - marine science, environmental, engineering or physical sciences; or a related cognate discipline, as recognised by UWA
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

In this course you will develop advanced knowledge of the physical, chemical, geological and biological interactions applied to coastal and ocean systems as well as important practical and problem-solving skills. Graduates with an advanced knowledge of ocean processes are needed to manage coastal and marine resources, respond to the impacts of climate change, and drive sustainable use of the ocean.

About the course

The oceans provide food for the global population, act as a conduit for global trade, provide a source of renewable energy and drive vibrant coastal economies. To utilise the ocean in a sustainable manner, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and drive the Blue Economy, graduates are in demand with a sound understanding of coastal and ocean processes. Western Australia’s location on the Indian Ocean rim, and unique mix of coastal and ocean environments, creates an excellent living laboratory for studying oceanography at a world class university.
Master of Oceanography

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Partially Online
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • 71590
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5 - 2 years
Master of Oceanography
Status
  • Available 2022
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Partially Online
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Course Code
  • 71590
CRICOS code
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders
Full time/part time duration
  • 1.5 - 2 years
TISC Codes
Research

New smart ocean buoys bolster fight against marine heatwave

Diver wearing fins in the ocean swimming over coral

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Why study this course?

  1. The Master of Oceanography is the only course of it's kind in Australia and will leverage Western Australia's position on the Indian Ocean and unique marine environment including pristine coastal areas and ocean processes shaped by the Indian and Southern Oceans.
  2. As a result of the rapidly expanding Blue Economy and impacts of climate change, graduates will increasingly be needed who have knowledge of complex marine systems and can apply this knowledge to tackle a range of challenges.
  3. UWA has well established teaching and research strength in marine science and engineering so you will be taught by world-leading researchers who are at the forefront of their fields.

What you'll learn

  • You will gain knowledge across physical, chemical, geological and biological interactions applied to coastal and ocean systems as well as important practical and problem-solving skills.
  • Graduates will become proficient in oceanographic field data collection, data analysis techniques, including the use of industry-standard software.
  • You will become skilled at using a variety of ocean models and forecasting tools.

Your teachers

The academics that teach into the Master of Oceanography have expertise spanning coastal and nearshore processes, physical oceanography, remote sensing, marine ecology, marine and climate geoscience, coastal engineering, and ocean renewable energy. They all use a combination of field observations and numerical modelling in their research.
Ranked 2nd in Australia and 21st in the world for Oceanography (ARWU 2021)
Ranked 1st in Australia and 10th in the world for Marine/Ocean Engineering (ARWU 2021)
Centre

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

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

Centre
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