Marine Science

Southern Cross University is situated in northern NSW, a unique tropical/temperate marine overlap zone famous for its diverse marine environment, making it the ideal location to study marine science and management.

The Bachelor of Marine Science and Management combines marine science with contemporary management concepts to equip graduates with the skillset sought by employers in this field. The course develops practical field skills in a range of subtropical coastal and marine environments, including the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Further highlights include the intensive marine mammals and coral reef study units. The course is offered in Lismore and at the University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour. Lismore students also attend the NMSC to study specialist marine science units such as oceanic systems, global climate change and marine biodiversity conservation.

Other course options include a combined undergraduate degree in environmental and marine science and management and a Masters of Marine Science and Management. The masters course is an ideal option for graduates wanting to upgrade their qualification and develop specialised expertise in Marine Resource Management.


Study Marine Science at Southern Cross University

We're located on the doorstep of the Solitary Islands Marine park and we really make use of our natural environments in our teaching. So students come here and they can swim with whales they can fly drones they can do debris surveys on our beaches. 

So when you enroll in Marine Science one of the first things you can do is come and have a look at the Marine Science Centre and the facilities where we're doing groundbreaking research.

In fact our research is so good that the Australian Government has given it the highest ranking possible.

Our marine and coastal environments matter unfortunately they're experiencing a range of different threats from a whole variety of sources.

So it's a really good time for students to get involved and study Marine Science.

As a student at SCU you'll get the opportunity to be involved with the latest technologies such as drones.

SCU has been using drones to monitor whales sharks and dolphins and we've been actively involved in particularly things like monitoring white sharks in the in shore areas which is really exciting.

Students who join us will have the opportunity to put their hands up to contribute to our research looking at swimming with whales this new ecotourism opportunity provides an amazing chance to get up close with these wonderful animals but our job as researchers is to make sure that the whales are minimally impacted by this activity.

We do a wide range of research we look at the effects of climate change on corals on seaweeds on invertebrates we also look at aquaculture and the aquaculture is really important what we're looking at is ways to feed growing population using marine resources.

The world population is increasing and this means that we have to find more sustainable resources and we also have to look after the marine environment.

Because of this there's a great range of careers that are opening up for marine scientists things like working in government, working in aquaculture and working in the industry.