Bachelor of Marine Science

Macquarie University

The Bachelor of Marine Science is intended for students interested in the natural sciences as well as the marine environment. It provides a science focused curriculum that is intended to prepare you to go on to graduate studies or directly into employment. A core of marine studies units unifies the marine science program and at this stage two streams are possible, based on the geosciences and biology. The Bachelor of Marine Science will prepare you for a variety of interesting career opportunities. Federal, state and local government agencies employ marine scientists to regulate and monitor the use of resources, solve problems and conduct research. Private industry provides employment in a diverse range of fields. Employment is also found in a growing number of environmental consultancies and numerous non-government organisations. Opportunities in marine science are growing rapidly.

Course Fee:

International: $104,400

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Recommended studies: HSC Earth and Environmental Science and HSC Biology or their equivalents.


69 credit points; minimum 39 credit points at 200 level or above; minimum 18 credit points at 300 level or above

Subjects you can Study:

Marine biology; Marine geoscience

Further information:

The strong science foundation underpinning this degree provides a wide range of opportunities in environmental fields. This degree provides education and training in key areas of Marine Science, with streams in Marine Biology and Marine Geoscience. The flexibility of this degree allows you to explore a wide range of interests while still providing opportunities for specialisation in aspects of marine science relating to biology, geology and physical geography. Fieldwork is an integral part of the program and includes optional short courses in tropical regions (past destinations include Fiji) and on the Great Barrier Reef.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Related Careers:

Life Scientist, Marine Biologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde 74.9 Yes Full time 3 years
North Ryde 74.9 Yes Part time 6 years

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* Ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world

* Five QS stars in teaching, employability, research, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, inclusiveness and specialist criteria

* Ranked among the top 130 universities in the world for employability (QS graduate employability rankings, 2018)

* 10 subjects ranked in top 100 globally (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018)

* More than 150 partner universities for student exchange in more than 40 countries

* More than 30,000 work placements or community experiences through PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) partnerships

* More than 300 industry partners on campus or in the adjacent high?tech precinct, providing access to internship and job opportunities

* $1 billion invested to create a collaborative campus with world-class facilities and infrastructure

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* Over 184,000 alumni from more than 140 countries

* Australia’s first fully integrated health precinct centred around the on-campus hospital

* One hundred per cent of research activity rated at world standard or above

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Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)



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