Course summary

The health of our oceans and waterways is paramount to a sustainable future for the whole planet. Establish your dream career in this challenging field with the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management.

The course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and has a focus on conservation issues that challenge both coastal and marine ecosystems.

You will develop practical skills both in the laboratory and through fieldwork in a range of tropical and subtropical environments including the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks. Explore global environmental issues including marine pollution, coral reef ecology and marine mammal conservation among other fascinating subjects.

First-year and most second-year units are based at Lismore campus. Some second-year and most third-year units are based at the University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour.

While this course has no majors, it combines marine science with contemporary management concepts. The course includes the units Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation, and Coral Reef on the Edge. Additional specialist marine science units include Ocean Change Biology, Marine Pollution, Successful Sampling and Marine Systems Science and Management.

First-year and most second-year units are based at Lismore campus. Some second-year and most third-year units are based at the University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour.

Units taught at the NMSC are usually run as intensives with a compulsory six-day on-campus period for all students. In these units, students study specialist topics such as ocean change biology, marine community biology, marine pollution and marine ecosystem management

Other highlights of this degree include units in marine mammal conservation and coral reef ecology. The coral reefs unit integrates the skills taught throughout the course and includes an extended residential period on a Great Barrier Reef island.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of scientific methods in marine science and management.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgement in relation to marine science and management.

Creativity

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well-developed judgement on principles of social justice and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of marine science and management.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self-managed learning.

Critically reflect on practice.

Demonstrate information literacy skills

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in marine science and management contexts.

Collaborate effectively on personal scholarly and professional terms.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity and the relationship between people and the environment.

Students can complete an eight-week professional placement to gain industry experience. Interns can work with organisations across the marine science spectrum including local, state or federal government agencies; private consultancies; or business enterprises in Australia or overseas. 

During the course, students will have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.


Course overview

Course code

3007157

Course abbreviation

BMarSc&Mgt

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 334104 054101
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 058084A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. at least seven (7) units from Part B, and up to five (5) elective units, which may include units from Part B and C, or other approved units.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management:
    1. has successfully completed eight (8) units from Part A, with no more than four (4) units awarded as Advanced Standing may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.
    2. has successfully completed all the requirements for the Associate Degree in Environmental Science may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Environmental Science following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
BIO00105 - Fisheries Biology Advanced
BIO00232 - Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced
BIO10121 - Successful Sampling Advanced

Part B

Part C


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory Note 2 Note 2
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 2, Year 1
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory Note 2 Note 2
MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis Introductory
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
Session 1, Year 2
BIO00232 - Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
Choose 1 unit from Part B Part B Note 2 Note 2
Choose 2 electives from Part C
Session 2, Year 2
BIO00105 - Fisheries Biology Advanced Note 2 Note 2
Choose 1 Part B unit Part B and 2 Electives from Part C Part C
OR Choose 3 Part C Electives Part C
Session 1, Year 3
BIO10120 - Marine Systems Science and Management Advanced Note 3 Note 3
BIO10121 - Successful Sampling Advanced Note 3 Note 3
Choose 2 units from Part BPart B
Session 2, Year 3
Choose 4 units from Part B Part B

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: Compulsory Residential for External Students
Note 3: Offered at the National Marine Science Centre in a 3 week intensive mode, with a compulsory one week residential.