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Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

University of Tasmania
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
37,950 AUD
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37,950 AUD
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37,950 AUD
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Program description

Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

Our Marine and Antarctic Science degree is the only one of its kind in Australia and is offered at one of the best places in the world for temperate marine studies. It gives you the skills and knowledge for a career in the exciting, growing and globally critical marine, fisheries, aquaculture, and Antarctic sectors.

If you enjoy the natural and physical sciences, you can combine your passion for science with a love of the outdoors and adventure. This could be by pursuing a career in research, or in a more applied way through the sustainable aquaculture industry. For those interested in politics and policy, the world needs experts who understand the complexities of our marine environments to help set marine and Antarctic governance, working with countries, governments and private business all over the world towards common, sustainable goals.

The survival of humanity is linked to the health of coasts and oceans. It’s no understatement to say that those who study and work in this sector are directly contributing to the future of humanity, and the survival of our natural world.

For all our study options, you can be working with countries, governments and private business all over the world to realise common, sustainable development outcomes. No matter your passion, you will learn at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), our world-class centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research and education.

Course objectives

In this degree you can choose your specialty: follow a research-oriented path at our Hobart campus, or focus on the more applied sciences and aquaculture in Launceston. We have five specialisations that cross the spectrum of these disciplines, which means that there really are options for everyone.

Choose from one of the following specialisations:

  1. Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)
  2. Marine Biology (Hobart)
  3. Marine Resource Management (Launceston)
  4. Physical Oceanography (Hobart)
  5. Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)

All our study options provide specialised skills and an educational experience centred on ecological sustainability. Overall, this degree prepares students for meaningful scientific careers in industry, or as researchers. The skills gained can lead toward contributing to world issues such as food security, climate change, and marine stewardship.

You will gain skills in data collection, analysis and presentation to interpret marine processes and patterns. You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems, communicate outcomes to a range of audiences, and explain the role of marine and Antarctic science in society.

We are pleased to offer industry-leading facilities at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the chance to study alongside internationally recognised experts. You will also have the chance to undertake study at any of our partner institutions across the globe, and work with a broad range of world-leading scientific organisations that have chosen to base themselves in Tasmania.

Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in IMAS' key research areas of oceanography and cryosphere, fisheries and aquaculture, ecology and biodiversity, climate change, oceans and Antarctic governance and ocean-earth systems.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)

Solving complex geopolitical environmental issues requires an understanding of the science at the core of issues and communicating this information to government in a compelling way to inform policy. Take a multidisciplinary approach to learning with topics available ranging from Marine Ecology to International Relations.

Marine Biology (Hobart)

The study of marine plants and animals is a field that can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. Careers in this area include working as a marine biologist anywhere in the world.

Marine Resource Management (Launceston)

With a booming world population, the stress on an already strained environment and its natural resources is being felt particularly strongly in the Southern Oceans. This major gives you the qualifications to create a career in this globally significant field as you work towards meeting challenges now and in the future.

Physical Oceanography (Hobart)

The study of ocean currents, changing ocean temperatures and sea-level and the ocean’s role in the climate system can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. This major gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an oceanographer anywhere in the world.

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)

Sustainability is the key to the future of the aquaculture industry. Designed with industry needs in mind, gain knowledge and skills to create innovative processes that provide sustainable environmental, economic, and community benefits to, and from, the aquaculture industry.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, graduates will be able to:

  1. Solve problems in marine and/or Antarctic disciplines through applying the methods of science.
  2. Evaluate complex issues in marine and/or Antarctic science through applying appropriate interdisciplinary approaches, reflective practise and critical thinking.
  3. Evaluate and synthesise published information from a range of sources, including practitioners, to identify key issues in marine and/or Antarctic Science.
  4. Plan a focussed research investigation utilising appropriate practical and/or theoretical techniques relevant to the discipline.
  5. Collect, record and analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data to solve discipline-specific problems.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication of marine and Antarctic science concepts, results and/or commercially relevant information - in written and oral forms.
  7. Translate diverse forms of knowledge to provide relevant information for stakeholders engaged in policy and/or management of the marine and/or Antarctic environment.
  8. Demonstrate independent, ethical, legal, responsible and safe work practises that are appropriate for working in the discipline.

Career opportunities

Studying Marine and Antarctic Science opens you up to a range of exciting career options across a whole range of marine-oriented sectors. Marine biologists research, dive and explore, while oceanographers utilise maths, physics and big data to track sea-level rise, and understand the ocean’s role in climate change.

Research careers

This degree provides a clear pathway for students to undertake postgraduate and PhD study and can lead to employment with local industry connections. The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Antarctic Division employs PhD students, early-career researchers and technicians working with senior scientists.

With the highest concentration of marine and Antarctic scientists in the southern hemisphere, Tasmania is an ideal location to launch your career.

Applied science careers

Marine resource managers help guide the use of ever-strained oceans and ecosystems, while the sustainable aquaculture industry is exporting both product and best-practice to help sustainably feed the world. Through applied applications, your passion for marine and Antarctic studies can drive local changes for global benefits.

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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania was founded in 1890, and is one of Australia’s Sandstone Universities (Australia’s fourth oldest university). The University offers various undergraduate and graduate programs in a range of disciplines, and has links with 20 specialist research institutes,...

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