Marine Science courses in Australia


Online and Distance Education courses

Murdoch University (external studies)

About Murdoch University:

At Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, we're proud to have more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from across 90 different countries with a desire to discover, use their imaginations and ultimately make a difference.

Bachelor of Science with major in Marine Science

In this course you will explore marine biology, oceanography and management, examining the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions within the ocean.

 

Bachelor of Science with major in Marine Biology

Learn about oceanography, the diversity of marine life, interactions between species and the aquatic environment as you explore the biological foundations of the ocean and how they underpin successful marine management.

 

Southern Cross University (external online studies)

About Southern Cross University:

Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in northern New South Wales and the southern Gold Coast. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and many are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.

The course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and has a strong focus on conservation issues that challenge both coastal and marine ecosystems. There is an emphasis on developing practical skills, and it is taught in a range of tropical and subtropical environments including the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks.

Queensland Marine Science and Marine Biology courses

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

Marine science is the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats, and includes a wide range of disciplines in the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. Students can pursue a general study plan or a more specialised plan in an area such as marine biology or marine geology. With an increasing focus on the role of our oceans to provide food and resources for our growing populations, the next generation of UQ marine scientists will play a major role in ensuring that we protect and profit from our oceans.

 

This major will allow you to focus on the biology of marine organisms rather than on the physical aspects of marine science such as currents, waves and physical processes of marine environments. It draws on disciplines such as marine ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to study life in the oceans and other salt water environments such as estuaries and wetlands.

You will develop a breadth of specialized knowledge of marine biological systems and the application of ecological and environmental strategies to protect these systems. With one of the largest marine research groups in Australia, your studies will be enriched by the input of researchers at the forefront of this dynamic discipline.

Marine science is the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats, and includes a wide range of disciplines in the biological, chemical, physical and Earth sciences. Students can pursue a general study plan or a more specialised plan in an area such as marine biology or marine geology. With an increasing focus on the role of our oceans to provide food and resources for our growing populations, the next generation of UQ marine scientists will play a major role in ensuring that we protect and profit from our oceans.

James Cook University

James Cook University is defined by the tropics. We are unique among Australian universities, woven into the intellectual, economic and social fabric of our tropical location and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures that fire our intellects and imaginations. Our aims are challenging but attainable. Marshalling our broad intellectual strengths, we seek knowledge-based ways to help the world’s tropical regions prosper. We do this through shaping our teaching, research and engagement around four themes:

  • Tropical Ecosystems and Environment
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • Peoples and Societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity

JCU's Bachelor of Marine Science focuses on developing the high-level skills technologically enabled professionals need if they are to address the challenges facing the world’s oceans over coming decades. A diversity of rapidly evolving technologies are providing marine scientists with increasingly powerful ways to collect diverse data from above and below the waves; data that support and direct solutions to previously insoluble problems. These methods include: water quality sensors, seabed mapping and fish assessment sonar, sensors for detecting underwater mineral deposits and wrecked ships, oceanographic sensors, acoustic tagging and tracking equipment, sensors for monitoring the activity and physical environment of marine mammals, reptiles and fish.

James Cook University (JCU) pioneered the study of Marine Biology in Australia and the University has been the world leader in tropical Marine Biology ever since. As a JCU student you'll study the living resources of the world from the beauty of North Queensland, home of some of the most diverse and precious marine ecosystems in the world - especially the Great Barrier Reef. You'll gain knowledge and practical skills that are recognised internationally and will equip you to make a difference in your world.

JCU is proud to be the only dedicated, industry-focused Aquaculture teaching and research discipline in Australia and New Zealand. We're recognised as a world leader in both research and teaching of aquaculture, particularly tropical species - which brings students from around the world. JCU aquaculture has led the development of large and successful commercial aquaculture projects globally, and you can benefit from these. High achieving students have the option to enrol in JCU's prestigious Bachelor of Advanced Science.

If you'd like to be part of this fast-growing industry, studying with JCU is a very wise choice.  You could take your place as a leader in an industry that has high economic growth, whilst at the same time can help feed the world.

Griffith University

New South Wales  Marine Science and Marine Biology courses

MacQuarie University 

University of New South Wales

University of Sydney

Victoria Marine Science and Marine Biology courses

Deakin University

University of Melbourne

University of Wollongong

South Australia Marine Science, Marine Biology and Aquaculture courses

Adelaide University

Flinders University

Tasmania Marine Science and Marine Environment courses

University of Tasmania

Western Australia Marine Science, Marine Biology and Coastal Science courses

Curtin University

Edith Cowan University

Murchoch University

University of Western Australia

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Marine Science facts

  • Half the Oxygen we breath is produced in the Ocean

 

  •  Irukandji jelly fish, with just a brush of venom leaves almost no mark. But after about a half hour you develop Irukandji syndrome, a debilitating mix of nausea, vomiting, severe pain, difficulty breathing, drenching sweating and sense of impending doom. You get so sick that your biggest worry is that you’re not going to die

 

  • The most remote point in the oceans is called Point Nemo

 

  • The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans are known as the three major oceans.