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Marine & Antarctic (2015)

Our University has had more than 25 years’ experience in the emerging field of Marine and Antarctic Science and is one of the world’s largest marine research organisations.

With an annual value to Australia of approximately $40 billion and growing, study and careers in Marine and Antarctic go far beyond conservation issues and resource sustainability. To help you match your career to an area of interest, we offer three underlying research and teaching themes: fisheries and aquaculture; oceans and cryosphere; and ecology and biodiversity.

We have an interdisciplinary approach to teaching ocean and polar science that integrates the study of natural sciences with current practice in management, policy and law.

Our degrees give a unique applied and translational science approach to an educational experience centred on ecological sustainability. Once graduated, students are able to contribute to the sustainable management of the marine environment, thereby increasing the total quality of life as described in Australia’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

Your studies can literally be the tip of the iceberg in this fascinating area of science, environment and industry. You combine elements of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography and mathematics with environmental governance, management and policy to maintain the marine environment for future generations.

The skills and knowledge you learn could see you have a real impact on practices, processes and policies on a local, national or worldwide scale.

Inter-disciplinary research is a strength of the University. We participate in major research and development programs. We have key partnerships with the Australian Antarctic Division and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Our research strengths in Marine and Antarctic studies span our underlying themes and focus on climate change, ocean-Earth systems and ocean and Antarctic governance.

"I love the University… the people here are absolutely amazing, the people that are at my program are so nice, there’s no sense of competition; it’s all [of] us working together."

Why study Marine & Antarctic (2015)?

Scientists from all over the world have spent hundreds of years on the frozen Antarctic continent and under the waves, discovering more about our past and helping to solve the major issues that face our future.

Located on the edge of a vast natural laboratory, the University of Tasmania is ideally placed to launch your career in Marine and Antarctic Science, which has an annual value to Australia of approximately $40 billion and growing. Whether you’re interested in research, conservation, feeding the world’s population, resource sustainability, environmental governance or management and policy, this highly rewarding industry is ripe with opportunity.

The University’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS) has been specifically designed to give you the best career foundation and is also one of the world’s leading research facilities. With access to internationally renowned experts and organisations, you can be at the forefront of maintaining the marine environment for future generations.

Career profile

"Where else in the world could you study Antarctic studies and have the Antarctic research ship that later on could take you to the Antarctic to do your research? Its incredible!"

Azan Abdulla

Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Studies
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Career opportunities in Marine and Antarctic Science

Marine and Antarctic studies attract those who already have a fascination for the marine world or Antarctica, and are interested in becoming a highly trained scientist able to contribute to marine environmental conservation and sustainability.

These courses offer a wide range of career options in marine and freshwater research, oceanography, fisheries and climate research or environmental conservation.

And with the highest concentration of Marine and Antarctic scientists in the southern hemisphere, Tasmania is an ideal location to launch your career.

Career Options

  • Antarctic administration and policy
  • Aquaculture
  • Australian Antarctic Division
  • Biological, chemical or physical oceanography
  • Biologist – marine and plant
  • CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • Environmental conservation
  • Fisheries management (commercial and sport)
  • Geologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Marine and fresh water research
  • Marine conservation