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Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science

University of Tasmania
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
37,950 AUD
Start dates
37,950 AUD
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37,950 AUD
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Program description

Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science

As a gateway to Antarctica and with a natural marine laboratory on your doorstep, the University of Tasmania provides an ideal base to study for a career in marine biology and the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Our Graduate Diploma in Marine and Antarctic Science provides you with a solid coursework grounding in your chosen area of specialisation, and provides a pathway to move onto our Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.

This unique program combines world-leading marine science research with a focus on the southern ocean and Antarctica. You’ll have access to industry-leading facilities at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and internationally recognised experts to help you kick-start your career.

The Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science provides:

  • Practical skills alongside theoretical studies to broaden your experience and give you the edge when it comes to employment
  • More than lectures, labs and tutorials with study trip units that take learning to the Southern Ocean and into Australia's largest fisheries, aquaculture and seafood industries
  • Contacts, work experience and research links in Australia's largest fisheries and aquaculture industries (based in Tasmania)
  • Access to our international partner organisations and internationally recognised marine science organisations based in Tasmania

You'll have the choice to study one of the following three streams: Marine Biology, Fisheries Management or Sustainable Aquaculture.

Course objectives

The course provides specialist coursework streams for students to pursue in-depth learning in a particular area of marine science. This is supported with two subjects all students undertake in research methodology.

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge in their chosen area of coursework through a focus on both the quantitative elements of marine and Antarctic science as well as the application and translation of science into industry practice and management.

The skills gained will assist graduates in contributing to world issues such as seafood production and security, climate change and marine stewardship.

Graduates can choose to continue their study and articulate into the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science, and pursue 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

To be admitted to study the Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science you will need an Australian Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent qualification at a recognised tertiary institution with a major in life sciences (such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, zoology, plant science, marine biology, ecology etc).

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0)

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the international future students website.

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Program content

Core units

  • Research Methods in Marine and Antarctic Science
  • Literature Review

Specialist Stream (Choose One)

Fisheries Management (Launceston Campus)

  • Fishing Technology
  • Environmental and Spatial Data Analysis
  • Fisheries Biology and Population Dynamics
  • Marine Resource Economics
  • Fisheries Assessment
  • Fisheries Assessment

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston Campus)

  • Aquaculture Production
  • Aquatic Animal Physiology and Behaviour
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Aquaculture Technology
  • Aquaculture Hatchery Production
  • Aquatic Animal Feeds and Nutrition

Seafood Science (Launceston Campus)

  • Globalisation and Trade
  • Product Development and Innovation
  • Seafood Handling and Processing
  • Food Quality Control and Assessment
  • Advanced Food Safety Management
  • Science-Based Supply Chain Management

Marine Biology (Hobart Campus)

  • Advanced Phytoplankton Methods
  • Marine Bio-telemetry
  • Molecular Marine Ecology
  • Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology
  • Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean
  • Oceanographic Methods
  • Marine and Antarctic Environments
  • Field Bio-telemetry

Governance and Policy (Hobart Campus)

  • Integrated Management and Conservation of Antarctica
  • Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean
  • Oceans, Polar and Climate Practicum
  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Law of the Oceans and the Antarctic
  • International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Climate Change Law and Policy

Scholarships & funding

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

Continuing studies

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Marine and Antarctic Science, students can articulate into the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.

The masters program provides a clear pathway for students who are interested in undertaking a research higher degree such as a PhD in their specialist area. IMAS is the perfect place to undertake further study, with supervisors who are international experts with global connections.

Career opportunities

The degree allows graduates to pursue exciting careers in marine and climate research, fisheries management, aquaculture, non-governmental organisations, environmental governance and all levels of government from local to global. It also allows students to undertake further study in the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.

We have graduates working across the world in a variety of positions and organisations.

  • Scientific Officer
  • Coastal Community Engagement Officer
  • Federal or State Government advisor (policy / environment)
  • Antarctic Researcher – Australian Antarctic Division
  • Marine Park Manager
  • Commercial Diver
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Australian Customs
  • Fish Health Officer / Fisheries Biologist
  • Aquarium Manager
  • Aquaculturist / aquaculture entrepreneur
  • Aquaculture farm manager
  • Ice Core Chemist
  • Climatologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Hatchery Technician
  • Fisheries Management Officer
  • Fishery Stock Assessment
  • Quota Licensing Officer
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Quality Assessment Technician
  • Researcher or University Lecturer

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University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

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Australia has been ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! With everything from the tranquility of the Gold Coast beaches to the adventure of the Australian Alps, take a trip “Down Under” and discover why Australia is a great choice for an exceptional study abroad experience.

Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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