Maria Island marine biology experience

A practical learning experience on Maria Island for year 11 and 12 students


Field trip


2024 dates to be announced


Senior secondary


Maria Island


24 students

About the program

This predominately field-based unit consists of 5 days on picturesque Maria Island on the Tasmanian East Coast. The unit is open to 24 students and is designed to engage, challenge, excite and inspire you through a hands-on marine science program. It will encourage you to explore issues threatening biodiversity as well as the productivity of the marine system. Climate change, invasive species, pollution, debris and their associated social and economic impacts will be covered.

Applications are closed for 2023. If you would like to be considered for the next intake, please submit an expression of interest below. Applications open January 2024.

Get a head start in a career on the water

  • Get credit for one unit towards your degree at the University of Tasmania
  • Learn practical techniques normally taught on the job or at University
  • Spend five days on Maria Island exploring the marine environment
  • Day six is spent presenting your research findings in Hobart at the state-of-the-art Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
  • This unit is offered via the University Connections Program at the University of Tasmania, and open to year 11 and 12 students.

This unit, Introduction to temperate marine biology (XAS101), is an introduction to our Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science.

The University of Tasmania is committed to creating diverse, inclusive, and accessible educational experiences. Please let us know when registering how we can best support your needs.

Students experience the marine environment on Maria Island.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Ethical understanding

General capability

Creative and critical thinking

General capability

Personal and Social

General capability


Cross-curriculum priorities

Register your interest

By submitting this this form you consent to the University collecting, using, storing and disclosing your personal information in accordance with the University’s Privacy Policy.