Master of Marine Science and Management

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Depending on unit availability, previous study or work experience, students may be able to complete their degree in a shorter duration than indicated.

2 years full-time
Location
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1207305
Course abbreviation
MMarSc&Mgt
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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.

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.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

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 of the Schedule of Units.

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 of the Schedule of Units.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationSession
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour1, 2$32,000 ($4,000 per unit)083426J
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

Students experience a variety of teaching approaches including live and pre-recorded lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, and online activities such as online discussion forums and virtual classes.

The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit, although many require both on campus and online students to attend 3-6 day residential workshops at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.

Career opportunities

The degree is designed so that students can integrate studies with their existing employment. Graduates of this course will have opportunities to work as scientists, science communicators and policy makers across private and public sectors.

The degree is ideal if you are seeking to develop careers in marine research, marine management and ecology, fisheries and aquaculture, marine park management, human impacts mitigation, marine-based tourism, biodiversity conservation, carbon accounting or governmental policy development.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  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.

Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Part A

BIO93010 -  Frontiers in Marine Science I - Biological Systems and ManagementAdvanced
GLY93010 -  Frontiers in Marine Science II - Physical and Chemical OceanographyAdvanced
BIO93015 -  Advanced Marine EcologyAdvanced
ENV03398 -  Environment and DevelopmentAdvanced

Part B

Part C



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