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2013 Master of Philosophy (Marine Conservation)(J8B)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Australian Maritime College (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1 yrs, Maximum 4 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):


A Master of Philosophy research degree enables a candidate to undertake a program of research and advanced study in a specialist field. The research takes place over 2 years of study or equivalent part-time and normally results in a thesis or equivalent of traditionally circa 50-60,000 words (depending on the discipline), written in English.

Doctorates in the Australian Maritime College are available in all National Centres in the Institute:

  • Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
  • Management and Logistics
  • Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability

The research topic may be in a variety of maritime related areas, including but not limited to:

  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic animal health, nutrition and physiology
    Marine modelling
  • Fisheries management and technology
    Marine engine performance
  • Marine and aquatic biology and ecology
    Fluid-structure interactions
  • Seafood Quality and Safety
    Maritime transport logistics
  • Surface and underwater vehicle hydrodynamics
  • Maritime safety including human factors
  • Ocean renewable energy
  • Maritime emergency and crisis management

The research topic will reflect the candidates' own interests and the research expertise of their supervisors. Further information on the research areas of supervisors in these disciplines is available from the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

All candidates for a Masters of Philosophy degree are also required to enrol concurrently in two units in the Graduate Certificate of Research.

Currently there are no fees for domestic candidates as they are provided with a Commonwealth Research Training Scheme place. Fees for international candidates are here.

To apply, see Graduate Research: for application information.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:

  • an honours degree with at least second class lower standard; or
  • a masters degree with a minimum research component (eg a thesis); or
  • substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.

International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission:

Course Objectives

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Master of Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes

Career Outcomes

A Master of Philosophy degree provides an entry to a doctorate at a university and graduates are also highly sought after for positions across the spectrum of available careers. AMC graduates take up roles in areas such as the fisheries and aquaculture industries, marine environment and maritime management, the offshore oil and gas industry, and naval architecture.

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