Courses & Units

Bachelor of Marine Science 73K

This course is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


This 3-year (minimum) full-time or part-time course is offered by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Hobart and builds on the University's global reputation of excellence in temperate marine research.


Course Name Bachelor of Marine Science
Course Abbreviation BMarSc
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 056838B
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology


The BMarSc aims to provide students with knowledge, competencies, skills and awareness of a variety of subjects linked together by the common theme of Marine Science. Marine Science is a rich and diverse discipline, which emphasises an interdisciplinary approach that includes elements of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography, mathematics and other sciences.

The teaching program provides a rigorous education in plant science and zoology with a focus on the biology and ecology of marine organisms, such as algae, invertebrates, fish and mammals, and their dynamics in marine ecosystems. At the same time, the course provides an introduction in the physical sciences (mathematics, physics, earth sciences) allowing students to specialise in physical oceanography, chemical oceanography or marine geosciences.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Marine Science will be competitive applicants for jobs in a wide range of fields, for example:

Marine and freshwater research
Biological, chemical or physical oceanography
Managing commercial and sport fisheries
Marine ecosystems, climate research and impact assessments
Environmental conservation
Management of marine coastal resources


This course is in teach-out. Please refer to K3S Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science instead.

Minimum University entrance requirements including TCE CHM315109 Chemistry and MTA315109 Mathematics Applied (or higher).

These pre-requisites can also be met by completion of appropriate foundation units provided by the University of Tasmania, namely KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit and KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

In the Bachelor of Marine Science, you enrol in 2 majors, a minor and 4 student electives. The 2 majors and the minor are compulsory for all students and you have a choice of student elective units.

This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:
  • A reversed major of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced units
  • A (standard) major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Four student elective units: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study the equivalent of a second minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas – it’s your choice.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level.

Course Structure

Compulsory major

Compulsory reverse major

Compulsory minor

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules

  1. These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2010 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

  2. Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  3. Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

  4. Bachelor degree requirements

    1. Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.
    2. Required units
      Course duration Unit numbers and levels
      Units required Nominal degree length Introductory Intermediate Advanced
      24 3 year 8-10 6-10 6-10
      28 3.5 year 8-10 6-10 10-14
      32 4 year 8-10 6-10 14-18
      40 5 year 8-10 6-10 18-22

      The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

  5. Degree models

    1. There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

      • A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;
      • a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;
      • a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;
      • degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;
      • student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.
      • The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

    2. General model

      The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

    3. Specialist models

      The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

      • Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units, or
      • Specialist model 3: either two standard majors, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student electives, or one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

  6. Enrolment conditions

    1. Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.
    2. When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

  7. Enrolment exemption - credit for previous studies

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

  8. Transition

    Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.

NB: Academic Senate noted (31.10.08) that is it recognised that professionally accredited degrees required for entry to professional practice will not be compromised by the move to standard course structures. UTAS will have the opportunity to put its position on the benefits on implementing the standard course structures to accreditation bodies when these programs come up for reaccreditation. If accrediting authorities or any national curriculum arrangements require a structure which does not fit a model already approved, then the UTLC will be requested to develop an additional model.