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Master of Biological Science: Marine Biology

Enhance your skills and knowledge in the management of natural systems and the species they support with a specialisation in Marine Biology.  


Marine biologists study the natural processes affecting organisms in marine and estuarine environments and the human effects on these processes. Marine Biology encompasses all organisms in the marine world, from microbes to animals, from invertebrates to whales, as well as plants such as seagrasses and seaweeds.

Five reasons to study Masters of Biological Science with a specialisation in Marine Biology:

1. Experience first hand the wonder of the temperate marine systems right on Perth’s doorstep.
2. Discover the amazing diversity of animals and plants in our oceans
3. Understand their interactions with each other and with the marine environment
4. Appreciate the threats facing our marine organisms, e.g. climate change, over-fishing and invasive species, and learn how to address them
5. Learn how to translate your love of the ocean into rigorous scientific endeavour providing new insights into the marine environment and its inhabitants.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Biological Science, with a specialisation in Marine Biology, provides you with knowledge of marine organisms, their habitats and ecosystem functions and will equip you for a range of jobs in marine research, conservation and management.

Marine Biology includes a study of all marine life from seaweeds through to marine megafauna, considering their biology, ecology, behaviour, conservation and management. Through careful designed and executed field studies, you will gain a first-hand experience of our fascinating temperate ecosystems and the organisms they support. A graduate will understand the problems facing marine organisms at local and global spatial scales together within short and long-term timeframes.

UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in marine biology. The specialisation is taught jointly across the Schools of Animal Biology and Plant Biology, supported by the world class research of the Oceans Institute, Centre for Marine Futures, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Biological Science has specialisations in;

The course structure and units are available at

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

Master of Biological Science Course code: 72520

Master of Biological Science CRICOS code: 074948B

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The Master of Biological Science is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.
While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

Career opportunities

Graduates are employed in fisheries and marine conservation agencies at both 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 completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

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

a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the online application system (OASys):

Contact details - admission information


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  2. How to apply
  3. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

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UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Master of Biological Science: Marine Biology: the details

Available 2015
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook  
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
4 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
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