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Marine Science and Management, Master

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  • 24 months
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The Master of Marine Science and Management offered by the Southern Cross University is designed for university graduates wanting to pursue specialist expertise in marine science with a focus on sustainability and management.


The curriculum is strongly influenced by the needs of industry and potential employers. It has both a theoretical and a practical focus, with field studies in a range of coastal and marine environments, including the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

Several of the units are designed to develop research skills in areas that will enhance the students learning, academic and career opportunities.

The Master of Marine Science and Management offered by the Southern Cross University is delivered from the University’s National Marine Science Centre teaching and research facility in Coffs Harbour, which is equipped with purpose-built laboratories and field equipment.

Students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree will receive four units of advanced standing towards the Masters degree.

Career opportunities:

The degree is designed so that students can integrate studies with their existing employment and focuses on quality science and best practice professional skill. The degree is ideal for those seeking to develop careers in fields such as:

  • Marine research

  • Marine management and ecology

  • Marine park management

  • Industry research into sustainable practices

  • Marine-based tourism

  • Environmental management

  • Governmental policy development

  • National Parks Service.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Frontiers in Marine Science I - Biological Systems and Management
  • Frontiers in Marine Science II - Physical and Chemical Oceanography
  • Advanced Marine Ecology
  • Environment and Development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree [suggest linking to policy], plus specific requirements as indicated in the course structure tab. Students are required to have a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience may be admitted to a Graduate Diploma or Masters.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3400 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3400 AUD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3400 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3400 AUD per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Southern Cross University offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate (your first degree), postgraduate and Indigenous Australian students, including some scholarships specifically for disadvantaged students. There are also scholarships available to help you study overseas for a short period as an international exchange student.

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