Ben Arthur, former IMAS PhD student now Adjunct Researcher, Macquarie Island.

Why study marine and Antarctic studies?

As the gateway to the Antarctic, Tasmania is one of the best locations in the world for temperate marine studies. Studying at our cutting-edge Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on Hobart’s waterfront, you’ll learn from leading experts and gain the skills for a career in the globally critical marine, fisheries, aquaculture, and Antarctic sectors.

Your studies will include hands-on projects, collaborative work and field trips, and significant opportunities to engage with industry and work alongside world-class researchers.

After graduation you will have the skills to work with governments and private business all over the world to realise sustainable development outcomes.

  • Our Marine and Antarctic Science degree is the only one of its kind in Australia.
  • Get amazing access to world-class researchers and temperate marine and Antarctic environments.
  • Connect with leading research and marine policy institutions like the Australian Antarctic Division and CSIRO.

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

Research careers. Studying Marine and Antarctic Science opens you up to a range of exciting career options across a whole range of marine-oriented sectors. Marine biologists research, dive and explore, while oceanographers utilise maths, physics and big data to track sea-level rise, and understand the ocean’s role in climate change

Applied science careers. Marine resource managers help sustainably guide the use of ever-strained oceans and ecosystems, while the sustainable aquaculture industry is exporting both product and best-practice to help feed the world. Through applied applications, your passion for marine and Antarctic studies can drive local changes for global benefits.

Vital for our future. Tasmania accounts for more than half of Australia’s sustainable aquaculture exports. In addition to creating and exporting products, we are also exporting vital best practice in marine resource management around the world.

Careers in the world’s largest laboratory. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is the largest scientific laboratory in the world. Tasmania is the global gateway to a 20 million km2 classroom, where you learn surrounded by some of the world’s best marine and Antarctic researchers.

Learn from the best, in one of the world's best locations. The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a world-class centre of excellence for research and education at the University of Tasmania. IMAS attracts marine and Antarctic researchers from around the world, and is consistently ranked amongst the best in Australia and the world.

Career opportunities

  • 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