Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science - Catalyst Program (P3L1)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

"I would 100% recommend studying at IMAS. It provides an excellent basis for making connections within the scientific community, the facilities are amazing, and the research and volunteer opportunities are unmatched!”

Kat Stuart
Marine and Antarctic Science student
Please visit the new Catalyst webpage for the latest information about the program.
Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your studies online. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.

Are you a high-achiever with a passion for marine and antarctic science?

The Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program combines a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with extra experiences, activities and opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you.

Marine environments cover the globe, and so we provide a globally connected education. You can apply for the Overseas Exchange Program and spend a semester learning at one of our international partner institutions. If you're accepted to the program, you'll be automatically supported by a $2,500 scholarship.

You can also apply for a Summer Research Project where you will work with a supervisor on a research topic of your choice. Again, upon being accept for a project you'll be supported by an automatic $3,000 scholarship.

You can even graduate with a custom built, multidisciplinary second degree, the high achiever academic extension Bachelor of Philosophy at no extra cost, with just a few additional units.

There is a $7,500 relocation scholarship available for domestic interstate students moving to Tasmania, and a $3,000 bursary for Tasmanian students to support the start of University studies.

If you want to get the most out of your University experience, set yourself apart in your chosen field, and give yourself an edge for future employment, the Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program is for you.

The Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program gives you a globally relevant education including hands-on research experience and enriching overseas exchange and education opportunities.

In this degree you can choose your specialty: follow a research-oriented path at our Hobart campus, or focus on the more applied sciences and aquaculture in Launceston. We have five specialisations that cross the spectrum of these disciplines, which means that there really are options for everyone.

Choose from one of the following specialisations:

  1. Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)
  2. Marine Biology (Hobart)
  3. Marine Resource Management (Launceston)
  4. Physical Oceanography (Hobart)
  5. Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston).

All our study options provide specialised skills and an educational experience centred on ecological sustainability. Overall, this degree prepares students for meaningful scientific careers in industry, or as researchers. The skills gained can lead toward contributing to world issues such as food security, climate change, and marine stewardship.

You will gain skills in data collection, analysis and presentation to interpret marine processes and patterns. You will be able to critically analyse and solve problems, communicate outcomes to a range of audiences, and explain the role of marine and Antarctic science in society.

We are pleased to offer industry-leading facilities at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the chance to study alongside internationally recognised experts. You will also have the chance to undertake study at any of our partner institutions across the globe, and work with a broad range of world-leading scientific organisations that have chosen to base themselves in Tasmania.

Many graduates continue into postgraduate study and conduct research in IMAS' key research areas of oceanography and cryosphere, fisheries and aquaculture, ecology and biodiversity, climate change, oceans and Antarctic governance and ocean-earth systems.

Your university learning experience goes beyond lectures, labs and tutorials with study opportunities that take learning to nature’s classroom: the Southern Ocean.

Your learning experiences also benefit from our strong relationships and proximity to international experts and industry-leading facilities including the Australian Antarctic DivisionCSIROCCAMLR and Institut Polaire. You will have the opportunities to pursue work experience and research projects with these organisations, including coastal field trips to the Southern Ocean.

Immerse yourself in our living laboratory

The University of Tasmania has with six diverse ecosystems all within 30 minutes of the IMAS campus. We’re the gateway to Antarctica and, as the birthplace of the green movement, celebrate our biodiversity and environmental sustainability in everything we do. Your proximity to a wide range of pristine, diverse environments, and the researchers who travel from around the world to work in them, give you unparalleled practical field experience while you study, plus it makes Tasmania an amazing place to live.

Study overseas as part of your degree

Never mind a gap year when you can travel and study overseas and have it count towards your degree! The University exchange program provides students with the opportunity to gain an international experience as part of their current degree, with 150 partner institutes globally across 30+ countries, there is a program type for everyone offering programs from semester length to just 2 week international stints.

The exchange is typically undertaken in your second year, and you'll be fully supported by our dedicated Student Mobility team all the way. Upon successful application to the semester exchange, Catalyst students automatically receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs. Other financial assistance is available for both domestic and international students.

Find out more by visiting the Student Mobility website.

Summer research project

Regardless if you choose to pursue a career in research, the Summer Research Project is a great way to set yourself apart for your future career. You apply to conduct a six to eight week research program on a topic of your choice during the summer, typically between your second and third year. If your is successful, Catalyst students receive a guaranteed $3,000 to assist with costs!

You have the advantage of working in some of Australia's best facilities, with access to leading researchers in whatever field of study you're interested in. This may become a pre-cursor to an honours year, or a great experience to add to your CV, either way it's putting you ahead when it comes to starting your career.

Tasmania has thriving aquaculture and marine research sectors for you to engage with and learn from while you study.

We offer opportunities for placements and research projects within businesses, non-government organisations, and research centres. Our deep connections across the entire industry mean we can connect you with best-practice businesses exporting to the world, or globally connected policy setters, or research centres undertaking world-leading study, so you not only gain direct, first-hand experience, you gain valuable networks to build towards your future career.

Work placement and experience opportunities are available for all study options, so you know you can get a practical, industry connected education regardless which path you follow.

Career outcomes

"My University of Tasmania qualification was essential for gaining my career as a Feed Trials Technician at Huon Aquaculture.

This degree required several weeks of work placement which resulted in gaining employment in my current role shortly after graduation."

Andy Hilliard
Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science graduate

Your Marine and Antarctic Science learning experience goes beyond lectures, labs and tutorials, ensuring you graduate with significant practical experience in a range of ecosystems, facilities, and environments, preparing you to meet the challenges of your future career.

The "Blue Economy" is projected to contribute $100 billion annually to Australia's economy by 2025. Graduates from this course will be highly sought-after in a range of fields of this thriving sector, including in marine and freshwater research, oceanography, fisheries and climate research, environmental conservation, environmental governance and management and policy.

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, and we have graduates working around the globe in a variety of positions and organisations.

  • Scientific Officer
  • Antarctic Researcher – Australian Antarctic Division
  • Coastal Community Engagement Officer
  • Marine Park Manager
  • Aquarium Manager
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Commercial Diver
  • Fish Health Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Federal or State Government advisor (policy / environment)
  • Ice Core Chemist
  • Climatologist
  • Glaciologist
  • Remote Sensing Scientist
  • Researcher
  • University Lecturer
Further study opportunities

The five specialist streams also provide clear pathways for students to undertake postgraduate and PhD study.

The Antarctic Gateway Partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division employs PhD students, early-career researchers and technicians working with senior scientists at the largest Southern Hemisphere Antarctic and oceans research hub. This research provides a gateway for Antarctic research, education, innovation and logistics, and their related careers and enhances Tasmania's reputation as a global leader in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Professional Recognition

Graduates with Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science can apply to become a Professional Member of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (ASMA).

Course structure

The Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science component of the Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program normally takes three years to finish and requires the successful completion of 24 units. The five specialisations that are available are:

Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)

Solving complex geopolitical environmental issues requires an understanding of the science at the core of issues and communicating this information to government in a compelling way to inform policy. Take a multidisciplinary approach to learning with topics available ranging from Marine Ecology to International Relations.

Marine Biology (Hobart)

The study of marine plants and animals is a field that can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. Careers in this area include working as a marine biologist anywhere in the world.

Marine Resource Management (Launceston)

With a booming world population, the stress on an already strained environment and its natural resources is being felt particularly strongly in the Southern Oceans. This major gives you the qualifications to create a career in this globally significant field as you work towards meeting challenges now and in the future.

Physical Oceanography (Hobart)

The study of ocean currents, changing ocean temperatures and sea-level and the ocean’s role in the climate system can provide a lifetime of rich and rewarding experiences around the globe. This major gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an oceanographer anywhere in the world.

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)

Sustainability is the key to the future of the aquaculture industry. Designed with industry needs in mind, gain knowledge and skills to create innovative processes that provide sustainable environmental, economic, and community benefits to, and from, the aquaculture industry.

Bachelor of Philosophy

The Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science and Summer Research Project all contribute to the requirements for the Bachelor of Philosophy. This means that by successfully completing the Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program, you can be only a few units away from attaining a second degree for no additional cost.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants
Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. This course is new in 2020. An indicative ATAR for this course is 90.00.

It is recommended that school leavers also include the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (P3L) in your preferences when applying.

For some specialisations, satisfactory performance in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects or equivalent is required:

Bachelor of Marine and  Antarctic Science  Specialisations

Prerequisite Senior Secondary Studies

Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)


Marine Biology (Hobart)

Chemistry and General Mathematics

Marine Resource Management (Launceston)


Physical Oceanography (Hobart)

Mathematics Methods and Physics

Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston)


If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subjects above. UTAS provides foundation units for students who haven’t completed the recommended prior studies for their specialisation.

All other domestic applicants

Please note this course is for school leavers only. Students from other educations backgrounds can apply for the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (P3L, exactly the same degree that is in this program.

Special consideration

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors, including economic hardship, serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

International applicants

Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

This degree does not formally articulate from another degree. See Credit transfer for information on advanced standing from other qualification and experience, or Alternative entry pathways for pathway options into this degree.

If you successfully complete this course, you may be also be eligible to apply for a range of other postgraduate courses including Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and Masters by coursework and research. Filter the course list by Postgraduate to view the current courses available.

If you haven't completed the required pre-requisite unit(s), we offer foundation units to help you bridge the gap. Many run in spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies. HECS scholarships may also be available for domestic students.

Even if you don’t need to meet a pre-requisite, these units are a great way to refresh your knowledge and give you the best preparation possible for starting your Bachelor level studies.

If you aren’t eligible for an offer to this course you can apply for the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, exactly the same degree that is in this program.

In addition, if you wish to explore extracurricular study opportunities, the overseas study opportunities and Summer Research Program can be applied for independently, should you wish to undertake them.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $117,881 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $37,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.


Catalyst Program scholarships
Interstate relocation scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a guaranteed $7,500 relocation scholarship available to domestic students who are relocating from interstate to Tasmania, and are commencing the Catalyst Program for the first time.

The scholarship will be delivered as $2,500 per semester for your first three semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Catalyst Program at census date, have successfully passed all your units in each semester.

Tasmanian Catalyst scholarship (domestic students only)

There is a $3,000 bursary available to domestic students from Tasmania to support the commencement of their university studies. The scholarship will be delivered as $1,500 per semester for your first two semesters, provided you are fully enrolled in the Catalyst Program at census date and have successfully passed all your units in each semester

Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) (international students only)

The Tasmanian International Scholarship (TIS) provides commencing international students with a 25% reduction in registered tuition fees for the duration of their course (provided satisfactory grades are maintained).

Overseas Exchange Scholarship

The College of Sciences and Engineering will give you a guaranteed $2,500 to assist with costs upon successfully applying for a semester overseas exchange. Note that other sources of funding are also available, including additional scholarships, funds through the Commonwealth OS Help Program and (if eligible). Domestic students can still claim Centrelink payments.

Dean's Summer Research Program

Typically taken in the summer of your third year, you have the opportunity to participate in a six to eight week research program working on a topic of your choice. You will work alongside your supervisor and graduate research students to gain experience in identifying and solving research programs. If your project is accepted for the program. You will need to apply to the program, and if successful, will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship to assist with costs.

Additional scholarships

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Although you receive guaranteed scholarships as part of the Catalyst Program, you can still apply for others. For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

Important eligibility information

Program participants will be required to fulfil all the Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies and, if applicable, Bachelor of Philosophy requirements.

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