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Overview

With a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management, you will be taught by world-leading experts in some of the best coastal locations in the country. In-depth study in marine science and management subjects, plus lots of hands-on experience in incredible aquatic field sites, will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

This one-year degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about the science and management of marine environments. Highly regarded in the professional field, it’s the perfect option for graduates who want to get a job in marine science or who want to extend their expertise by specialising in theoretical and practical skills.

Developed in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and its partner universities, the degree’s rich array of subjects include the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography (physical, geological and biological) and engineering (coastal and marine). While you will undertake core units at the University of Sydney, you can take elective units at one of our partner universities.

The extensive coastline, harbour and unique marine ecology around the University of Sydney make it an outstanding location to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management. As a student of this degree, you will have access to premier locations, like the Sydney Institute of Marine Science—a recently refurbished heritage building overlooking Sydney Harbour with state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. Further afield, we have a tropical research station in the Great Barrier Reef, where several classes are taught. 

The coastal expertise at the University of Sydney is one of the best in Australia. We have international leaders in areas ranging from coastal science and management to coastal ecology and biology. Our innovative subjects—like coastal management, modelling, geographic information systems, ecological statistics, remotely sensed data analysis and marine and coastal law—are designed to get you to solve real-world problems and learn to tackle multifaceted problems concerning our coasts and the ocean.

By the end, you will be armed with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science. You will gain both a theoretical understanding and applied skills to connect marine processes and the challenges that are associated with managing such a dynamic environment. Ultimately, have what it takes to progress in your career, to refresh your skills or to undertake a career change.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management can be undertaken on a full time or part time basis. You must complete 48 credit points of study across two of the four areas of knowledge including:

  • a) 24 credit points of core units of study;
  • b) 12 credit points of elective units
  • c) 12 credit points of elective units of study which may be taken from the other partner universities under the equivalent program (University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University) via Cross Institutional Study.

The four areas of knowledge are: BIO: Marine biology / Biological oceanography, GEO: Marine geosciences / Coastal engineering, PHY: Physical oceanography / Marine engineering, and ENV: Environmental management / Sustainability.

Coursework pathway sample plan:

Year 

 Sem 

Unit of study 

Unit of study

Unit of study

Unit of study

 1

 1

MARS5009
Topics in Australian Marine Science
MARS5001
Coastal Processes and Systems

Partner institution unit

Elective

 

 2

ENVI5904
Methods in Applied Ecology
MARS5004
Coastal Management Field School

Partner institution unit

Elective

 

View detailed example study plans.

 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

  • a) A Bachelor of Science in the discipline of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine science, geosciences, geography, geology environmental studies, environmental engineering, civil engineering, aquaculture, agriculture or natural resource management, or equivalent qualification. or;
  • b) Completion of the embedded graduate certificate in this discipline, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

Career Pathways

If you were already working in a related area, the marine science and management program will enable you to progress in your career by upgrading your skills. If you had been working in a different area, the program will allow you to undertake a career change by moving towards a position more oriented to marine science and management.

After graduating, you can take up career opportunities in the government agencies that manage coastal and marine resources and environments and also in consulting companies that seek coastal and marine specialists. With climate change predictions that impact on ocean levels and marine ecology, there will be a need for more coastal and marine experts to deal with the associated effects.

Future course options

If you go on to complete the research pathway in the Master of Marine Science and Management, you may be eligible to apply for a research program.

Domestic students

International students

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