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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

In our Master of 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-and-a-half-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.

This course is part of a joint program between the University of Sydney and three partner universities – University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University – under the umbrella of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. The course is a multidisciplinary program that includes several schools and faculties within the University of Sydney, as well as external partners under the Marine Studies Institute.

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 Master of 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 geoscience and management to coastal ecology and biology. Our innovative subjects – like coastal management, environmental modelling, geographic information science, 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.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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. 

Cross-institutional study
Students enrolled in the Master of Marine Science and Management may undertake up to TWO units of study (12 credit points) at one or two of the partner universities (UNSW, UTS, Macquarie University) via `outbound cross-institutional study". The units of study undertaken at the partner universities are accredited towards the degree at the home university (University of Sydney). Further information on how to apply for outbound cross-institutional study is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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 (March) 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. 

Cross-institutional study
Students enrolled in the Master of Marine Science and Management may undertake up to TWO units of study (12 credit points) at one or two of the partner universities (UNSW, UTS, Macquarie University) via `outbound cross-institutional study". The units of study undertaken at the partner universities are accredited towards the degree at the home university (University of Sydney). Further information on how to apply for outbound cross-institutional study is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan

To qualify for the Master of Marine Science and Management coursework pathway you must complete 72 credit points of study including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study;
  • 36 credit points of elective units taken at the University of Sydney; and
  • 12 credit points of elective units of study which may be taken from the other Sydney Institute of Marine Science partner universities under the equivalent program (University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University) via cross institutional study.

The multidisciplinary nature of the course requires that you take units of study in a minimum of three of the four areas of knowledge:

  • BIO: Marine biology / Biological oceanography
  • GEO: Marine geosciences / Coastal engineering
  • PHY: Physical oceanography / Marine engineering
  • ENV: Environmental management / Sustainability.

Coursework pathway sample plan:

Year
Semester Unit of study 
1 1 MARS5009 Topics in Australian Marine Science (core) MARS5001 Coastal Processes and Systems (core) Elective unit Elective unit
  2 ENVI5904 Methods in Applied Ecology (core) MARS5004 Coastal Management Field School (core)
Elective unit Partner institution elective unit
2 1 Elective unit  Partner institution elective unit       


Research pathway

If you are maintaining a distinction average, you may apply to complete the research pathway of the course. This involves completion of an individualised research project under the direct supervision of an academic member of staff. If you complete this research project in the Master of Marine Science and Management, you will be eligible to apply for enrolment in a research program such as a Master of Philosophy or PhD.

Research pathway sample plan:

Year Semester  Unit of study 
1 1 MARS5009 Topics in Australian Marine Science (core) MARS5001 Coastal Processes and Systems (core) Elective unit Elective unit
  2 ENVI5904 Methods in Applied Ecology (core) MARS5004 Coastal Management Field School (core)
Elective unit Partner institution elective unit
2 1 MARS5507 Marine Research Project A  MARS5508 Marine Research Project B        

 

Units of study in each area of knowledge:

BIO: Marine biology / Biological oceanography

  • ENVI5904 Methods in Applied Ecology (core unit) - Semester 2
  • ENVI5705 Ecological Principles - Semester 1

GEO: Marine geosciences / Coastal engineering

  • MARS5001 Coastal Processes and Systems (core unit) - Semester 1
  • MARS5007 Coral Reefs and Climate Change - Semester 1
  • GEOG5001 Geographic Information Science A - Semester 1
  • GEOG5004 Environmental Mapping and Monitoring - Semester 2
  • AFNR5801 Climate Change: Process, History, Issues - Semester 2

PHY: Physical oceanography / Marine engineering

  • MARS5009 Topics in Australian Marine Science (core unit) - Semester 1
  • CIVL5670 Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering - Semester 1
  • CIVL9611 Introductory Fluid Mechanics - Semester 2 

ENV: Environmental management / Sustainability

  • MARS5004 Coastal Management Field School (core unit) - Semester 2
  • PHYS5032 Techniques for Sustainability Analysis - Semester 1
  • PHYS5033 Environmental Footprints and IO Analysis - Semester 1
  • ENVI5809 Environmental Simulation Modelling - Semester 2
  • SUST5005 Law, Policy and Sustainability - Semester 2
  • ENVI5903 Sustainable Development - Semester 2

Units of Study

Admission requirement

For admission into this course, you should have:

  • a Bachelor of Science with a credit average in one of the following disciplines: 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
  • a Bachelor of Science with Honours in one for the disciplines listed above. A credit average means a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 65.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission into the Master of Marine Science and Management may wish to consider applying for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management or the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management.

As part of the embedded program, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management, students may gain entry to the Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management through an internal 'upgrade'. In turn, upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management, students may gain entry to the Master of Marine Science and Management through an internal 'upgrade'.

A very limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available to domestic applicants for this course from year to year. No additional application to the faculty is required. Only top-ranked applicants will be granted CSP, subject to yearly availability. Late applicants will not be considered for CSP.

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 sea levels, coastal landscapes and marine ecology, there will be a need for more coastal and marine experts to deal with the associated effects.

Upon completion of the Master of Marine Science and Management, a wide range of career options are available to you:

  • marine ecologist
  • coastal manager
  • environmental consultant
  • marine science communicator
  • marine geochemist
  • coastal modeller
  • marine data scientist
Future course options

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

Future course options

If you 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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