Master of Marine and Antarctic Science (S7O)

Overview

Duration
Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course rules
Current students
View 2016 information
Hobart
Semester 1
Duration
Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years
Entry requirements
ATAR Clearly-In Rank: See entry requirements
Course code
Course rules
CRICOS: 078823E
Current students
View 2016 information
Hobart
Semester 1
Special Note: This Masters course has been approved by the Department of Social Services  for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance (Student), Austudy, ABSTUDY and the Pensioner Education Supplement). 

The Master of Marine and Antarctic Science is a specialised coursework Masters program in the marine sciences which provides students with advanced instruction and training in emerging approaches and technologies. The course is designed to produce expertly trained scientists with international experience and research skills in marine science.

MMarAntSc students will develop an understanding of the roles the marine ecosystem play in the global climate system. The MMarAntSc was developed as part of the International Antarctic Institute (IAI) and the UNESCO/Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environmental Sciences. The IAI is a multi-disciplinary consortium of international universities. MMarAntSc students are able to cross-credit study programs and may choose to take electives available at one of the twenty partner universities as well as undertake their research project in association with an IAI partner.

Note:  Students who commenced this course prior to 2016, should refer to the course schedules relevant to their year of entry.

The course aims to facilitate the development of the following educational objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of marine science concepts across the breadth of marine science fields of study
  • Provide an understanding of and practise with the methodology and related scientific techniques used in the study ofmarine environments, including emerging ideas and technologies used in the collection and analysis of data.
  • Experience in the scientific method as it is practised by professional scientists. These experiences include exposure to the process of scholarly critique, collaboration and practical field operations.

Career outcomes

The course will provide the necessary training to undertake further research or employment in marine science.

Course structure

The course is composed of four core units (50%), four elective units (50%) plus a 50% research dissertation.

The elective units are selected from Tables 1, 2 or 3. Units listed in Table 1 do not have pre-requisites and are available to all students, Some units however may have a restriction on numbers and some may be run only if minimum capacity is reached. Students that meet the pre-requisites (mainly Maths and Physics) may also select from the Quantitative Marine Science units listed in Table 2. Students may also take up to four of the elective units at an approved international university offering courses in marine and Antarctic science. Students intending to include units from another universities need prior approval from the Course Co-ordinators.

Schedule

Year 1

This unit will give students an understanding of the historical, geographical, scientific, political and legal context of the oceans and Antarctica. It includes introductory lectures on the scientific processes at work in the marine and Antarctic environments, applied science, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Mar

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will equip students with skills necessary to join the scientific technical workforce or undertake a research project at the Honours or Masters level. It will include a range of skills including scientific communication (writing, presentation skills), research (project…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce students to quantitative data analysis techniques. Students will learn aspects of collecting, processing, analyzing and presenting quantitative information. Topics include: statistical presentation of data, experimental design, data exploration techniques, fitting linear models and their extensions, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIntensive Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is a literature review that supports a student subsequently doing a research project. The student will use the scientific literature to write a review that includes: relevant background on the research topic; good coverage of important literature and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the latest approaches and innovative technologies used in polar marine phytoplankton. After a review of current methodologies and techniques, the theory and application of Electron Microscopy, Microelectrodes, Fast Repetition Rate Fluorometers, Pulse Amplitude Fluorometers, HPLC pigment analysis,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Jul

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers aspects of acoustic, radio and satellite telemetry along with archival tag technology. Specific examples will be drawn from satellite tracking of marine mammals and birds in the Southern Ocean. Acoustic telemetry will cover specific examples of continental…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit explores the suite of molecular tools available to biologists and how they can be applied to questions concerning the biology, ecology, diversity, phylogeography and evolution of marine organisms. Topics covered include theory and practice of key molecular tools…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit covers aspects of Antarctic zooplankton including biochemistry, physiology, habitats, spatial/temporal ecology and climate change issues. Practicals will involve laboratory identification and investigation techniques, and current and historical literature investigations of Southern Ocean zooplankton research. There will also be…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will explore the need for, and promotion of, wise, informed and sustainable Antarctic resource utilisation through integration of informed governance and decision making with scientifically based environmental conservation. It will focus on promoting a synergetic and iterative approach…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart11 Week Session Oct

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The Southern Ocean encompasses all the waters from Australia to the Antarctic continent, and is home to a diverse range of seabirds and marine mammals. These animals play a significant role in marine ecosystems in southern Australia and the Antarctic.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (late)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The goal of the unit is to introduce students to research at sea and provide hand-on exposure to standard methods in physical, chemical and biological oceanography. Students will have the opportunity to participate in either a 5-day transit voyage on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to physical oceanographic concepts, including the ocean's circulation and physical structure. The unit will cover seawater properties, instruments and observing platforms, equations of motion, geostrophic circulation, Ekman layer theory and wind…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to biogeochemical processes that influence the marine carbon cycle, including its role in the control of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the influence of CO2 emissions in increasing the acidity of the ocean. The course introduces chemical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Hobart5 Week Session Feb B

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit discusses the science behind management of fisheries, and introduces key concepts in fisheries population dynamics, assessment of fisheries stocks, interpreting data from tagged fish, ecosystem interactions with fisheries, fishery economics, and assessing fishery impacts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The unit provides an introduction to the structure, functioning and dynamics of marine ecosystems through a modelling approach. This knowledge of and approach to studying marine ecosystems is fundamental to informed management of marine natural resources, marine conservation, and assessment…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartIntensive Session Jun

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Satellite remote sensing has revolutionised the way that marine scientists can study the ocean and the physical and biological processes that are present. Students will gain knowledge of relevant satellites, sensors and techniques that are useful in marine research.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit introduces a range of statistical and data analysis techniques used in the marine sciences. The course covers concepts of generalised linear models (GLMs), generalised additive models (GAMs), Bayes rules, bayesian versus frequentist interpretation, Markov chain Monte Carlo fundamentals,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartWinter school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is for K4M/S7O students wishing to undertake a marine and Antarctic science unit from an approved international university. Prior approval is required from the Course Co-ordinator and Faculty to enrol in this unit.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is for K4M/S7O students wishing to undertake a marine and Antarctic science unit from an approved international university. Prior approval is required from the Course Co-ordinator and Faculty to enrol in this unit.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is for K4M/S7O students wishing to undertake a marine and Antarctic science unit from an approved international university. Prior approval is required from the Course Co-ordinator and Faculty to enrol in this unit.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is for K4M/S7O students wishing to undertake a marine and Antarctic science unit from an approved international university. Prior approval is required from the Course Co-ordinator and Faculty to enrol in this unit.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

Students will undertake an original and unique research project under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff. The scope of this project will be dependent on opportunities and logistic support at the time of offering. The research…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

and

Students will undertake an original and unique research project under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff. The scope of this project will be dependent on opportunities and logistic support at the time of offering. The research…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

OR

This unit is an internship with an international organisation in Hobart. Participating organisations are currently the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Secretariat of the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. The candidate…

Credit Points: 50

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Admission Prerequisites

NOTE: Entry is via the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Professional Honours) for domestic students.

Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) with a major in Life Sciences (or equivalent)

Articulation from

Candidates completing Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Prof Hons) can articulate into S7O undertaking a one semester research component only.

Articulation to

Successful candidates will be eligible to enter a MSc by research or PhD program.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

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

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

Scholarships

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

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