Course summary

Keen to delve deeply into the study of ocean and marine sciences with leading researchers, in state-of-the-art facilities and in some of the most beautiful and fascinating marine ecosystems in the world? 

The Master of Marine Science and Management is delivered from the University’s National Marine Science Centre teaching and research facility in Coffs Harbour, on the shores of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

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 and a focus on sustainability and management. You will move between the classroom and the water as you study marine management and ecology, conservation and biodiversity, and strategies towards environmental sustainability and pollution mitigation.

Graduates may go on to become scientists, science communicators, policy makers across the private and public sectors, or to consider other fields connected with the marine environment.

The course focuses on the sustainability and management of a range of marine ecosystems. Specialist marine units include ocean change biology, pollution of the marine environment, sustainable use of the marine environment and marine research projects that can be tailored to meet your needs or interests.

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

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to investigating marine science and management

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


Apply knowledge and skills with initiative and creativity with new challenges or in new situations

Ethical practice

Apply sustainability principles to relevant research and professional contexts

Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in scholarly, research and professional contexts

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in marine science and management

Apply disciplinary knowledge and research skills of marine science and/or management in professional and community settings

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate their own learning and research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy and accountability

Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new information

Communication and social skills

Communicate arguments, theory, complex knowledge and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences in marine science and management contexts

Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and where applicable global settings

Course overview

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Domestic duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour 1 $32,000 ($4,000 per unit) 083426J

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 Master of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all four (4) units listed in Part A and
    2. eight (8) units from Part B and 
    3. four (4) units from Part C
  2. Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science Degree specialising in a field of Biology or Environmental Science will receive advanced standing for four (4) units in Part C.
  3. Students who have completed a Bachelor of Science Degree specialising in a field of Biology or Environmental Science and who also hold an Honours Degree in Marine or Environmental Science or 5-years relevant research experience in marine/environmental science will receive advanced standing for four (4) units in Part C and four (4) units in Part B.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO93010 - Frontiers in Marine Science I - Biological Systems and Management Advanced
GLY93010 - Frontiers in Marine Science II - Physical and Chemical Oceanography Advanced
BIO93015 - Advanced Marine Ecology Advanced
ENV03398 - Environment and Development Advanced

Part B

Part C