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The Master of Marine Science and Management is designed for university graduates wanting to pursue specialist expertise in marine science with a focus on sustainability and management. Most of the program is delivered at the National Marine Science Centre teaching and research facility in Coffs Harbour, which is equipped with purpose-built laboratories and field equipment.
The degree has both a theoretical and a practical focus, with field studies in a range of coastal and marine environments, including the Solitary Islands Marine Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The curriculum is strongly influenced by the needs of industry and potential employers. Students can also select to enrol in research units to undertake detailed research on marine projects to enhance their learning and career opportunities.
The degree is designed so that students can integrate studies with their existing employment and focuses on quality science and best practice professional skill. The degree is ideal for those seeking to develop careers in fields such as:
The course focuses on the sustainability and management or a range of marine ecosystems. Specialist marine units include marine ecosystem management, survey design, marine communities, marine mammals, global climate change, marine pollution, coral reefs and marine research projects.
To qualify for the Master of Marine Science and Management a total 8 units (96 credit points) must be completed.
Please note that not all units are offered in each study period. For a full list of Units (Subjects), Availability and Specific Award Rules, please refer to the SCU Student Handbook information below.
|Locations||Available at the National Marine Science Centre in Session 1 and Session 2.
Please note: Distance Education students must attend the compulsory residential units taught at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, or Lismore campus for the Marine Mammals unit, or a research facility on the Great Barrier Reef for the Coral Reefs unit.
|Distance Education||Session 1
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Tweed Heads - SCU Lakeside
Caloola Drive, Tweed Heads
|Tweed Heads - SCU Riverside
Brett Street, Tweed Heads
|Course Duration||1 year full-time; 2 years part-time|
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• International fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Environment, Science and Engineering|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||T 61 2 6620 3650 E email@example.com
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|N/A||N/A||Coffs Harbour NSW: 066576C|
Units at the National Marine Sciences Centre in Coffs Harbour and the Marine Mammals unit at Lismore are taught in intensive mode, usually over a three-week session which includes a residential period for face-to-face lectures, practicals and field trips to put theory into practice.
The Coral Reefs unit is taught intensively with a residential period for face-to-face lectures, practicals and field trips at a research facility on the Great Barrier Reef.
Technical support is provided to students in the specialist laboratories and for the use of field equipment.
Fully equipped specialist laboratories provide students with direct access to relevant state-of-the-art technical support (e.g. environmental analysis laboratory, geographic information systems (GIS), computing facilities, field equipment).
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Assessment varies for each unit and generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory- and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and practical investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
Students have access to science laboratories across a range of scientific disciplines. The laboratories are fully equipped with advanced analytical equipment, especially for geochemistry, microscopy and genetic analysis. The University also provides a large collection of general sampling and field equipment including; several boats and 4WD vehicles, fish and animal sampling equipment, sediment samplers, diving equipment and underwater video recorders, geotechnical and geochemical data collection equipment, and a portable weather station and data logger. Students have access to university computer laboratories for individual study purposes. All enrolled students in Australia have borrowing rights to the University's considerable library collection.
The following applications to study can be made online, directly to SCU:
Online applications for the Master of Marine Science and Management involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Admission to Candidature
Applicants for admission to candidature shall have satisfied the requirements of Rule 2 Section 3 Clause (20)a of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.4.2 Requirements for an Award
To be eligible for the award of Master of Marine Science and Management a candidate shall successfully complete any eight (8) units listed in the Schedule of Units.4.3 Advanced Standing
Candidates may be granted advanced standing in accordance with Rule 2 Section 4 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.