Marine Science and Management, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The Master of Marine Science and Management 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 degree 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 included:
  • 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
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

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Academic Requirements

  • Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts (including grading system).
  • English language test results (eg. IELTS, TOEFL or other).
  • Academic or employer references (if required).
  • Advanced Standing application (if relevant).

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    28000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    20480 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40960 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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