Why study marine and Antarctic studies?

The rapidly growing 'blue economy' is projected to contribute $100bn to Australia’s economy by 2025. The only way this can be sustainably achieved is through the vital conservation, research and applied sciences of the marine and Antarctic sector.

Marine and Antarctic study options are for people with a fascination with the marine world, who are interested in becoming highly-trained professionals able to contribute to understanding, managing and conserving the vast marine environment.

The survival of humanity is linked to the health of our vast marine environments. It’s no understatement to say that those who study and work in this sector are directly contributing to the future of humanity, and the survival of our natural world.

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.

Alexa Hasselman
Master of Marine and Antarctic Science

Careers in marine and Antarctic

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.

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
  • Oceanography
  • Physicist
  • State and Federal Government departments
  • Tourism

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