"When I started studying marine science at Southern Cross University it changed my life and prepped me to start understanding the natural world and how it works."

Olly Pitt

Southern Cross marine science graduate and General Manager of Australian Seabird Rescue

Southern Cross University is a world leader in marine science teaching and research, offering both undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in this fascinating field.

The Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Marine Systems, is taught at the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour or online. The course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and has a focus on conservation issues in both coastal and marine ecosystems, with a strong practical component. Students will have the opportunity to learn sampling techniques in different marine and coastal habitats in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, and can also gain experience with drone technology and spatial mapping.

Masters and Doctorate-level studies are also offered at the NMSC, a centre of significant and diverse research activity ranging from marine ecology and species preservation to climate change mitigation, ocean plastics and pollution removal and aquaculture. The NMSC has advanced facilities for marine research including a flow-through seawater system and a public aquarium.

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