Marine Science focuses on the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment.

Introduction

Marine Science is the study of the ocean, its ecosystems and its life forms as well as the study of coastal environments, oceanic currents and the sea floor.

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Course description, features and facilities

If you are fascinated by Western Australia's amazing marine and coastal environments then Marine Science is the major for you. Marine science includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment. Through experimental design and research, you will learn to appreciate the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems. This major also includes field work and three field trips of two to six days.

Western Australia's marine environment is a biodiversity hotspot with up to 80 per cent of fish, invertebrates and other organisms found nowhere else in the world. This makes WA an ideal living laboratory for your studies.

Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry representatives, weekly practical, computer and laboratory classes and tutorials. . UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in marine science and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Oceans Institute, Centre for Marine Futures, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile – Natalia Prinz

I am an international student from Germany and I came to study Marine Science at UWA because I wanted to study the oceans since my early childhood. Australia and WA seemed perfect to me and indeed this course was incredibly interesting!

After going through the scientific core subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Geography, I enjoyed the more specific Oceanography units in the later semesters even more. As someone who is genuinely interested in the sea and all its sciences it was great to get insights into not only biologically or physically based processes but also human impact and use of the oceans.

 

This course is a perfect start into a Marine Scientist career. In particular the fieldwork and projects throughout my studies have made me even more confident that this is the science I want to contribute to in the future.

I was also involved in the Perth International Student Club and got to know a lot of exchange students in addition to Australian friends that I made whilst living in Perth.

See how UWA Science can change your world!

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Graduates are employed in fisheries and marine conservation agencies at a state and federal levels (such as the Department of Environment and Conservation), consulting firms, resource industries, the fishing industry, agencies such as Greenpeace and Reef Check, and in research at CSIRO, the Ocean’s Institute and universities.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Marine Science major can pursue further studies at Honours and/or at Masters level. The Master's can be done either by Coursework (for example, Marine Biology, Environmental Science or Conservation Biology) or by Research (Thesis and Coursework in Marine Science or Conservation Biology).

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites and recommended courses may not apply to students completing this major as a second major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

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(+61 8) 6488 3939
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First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Marine Science: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Albany (selected Level 1 units), Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information