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Marine and Antarctic Science

Become a highly trained professional, able to effectively contribute to the understanding, management and conservation of the world’s marine environments.

Known for our thriving aquaculture industry, as well as being the gateway to the Antarctic, Tasmania is one of the best locations in the world for temperate marine studies. Our Marine and Antarctic Science study options are not taught anywhere else in Australia.

Taught by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), you’ll be given the skills and knowledge for a career in the growing and globally-critical marine, fisheries, aquaculture, and Antarctic sectors.

Course Options

Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

Minimum 3 years, up to a maximum 7 years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 081797J

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Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Honours)

Minimum 1 years, up to a maximum 3 years
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 091423A

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Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast CRICOS 099493M

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Tasmania is the global gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean with unmatched access to temperate marine and Antarctic environments.

Work closely with Tasmania’s thriving sustainable aquaculture industry, with opportunities for work placement and industry tours.

Learn in our unmatched facilities from some of the best marine and Antarctic science researchers in the world.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Study options

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainability is the future of aquaculture. Designed with industry needs in mind, this major gives you the knowledge and skills to create innovative processes to benefit the industry. Tasmania’s leading aquaculture experts are actively involved in the development and teaching of the course, covering all aspects of the industry.

Available to study in Launceston only.

Also Available in the Associate Degree in Applied Science.

Marine and Antarctic Governance

Solving complex geopolitical environmental issues requires an understanding of the science at their core. You’ll also learn to communicate with government and inform policy. Take a multidisciplinary approach to learning with topics ranging from Marine Ecology to Law and International Relations.

Available to study in Hobart only.

Marine Biology

Learn the role of marine plants and animals in marine ecosystems. Offered at a world class specialist research and teaching institute, your classroom can include everything from Tasmania’s giant kelp forests and thriving aquaculture industry to the entire Southern Ocean.

Available to study in Hobart only.

Marine Resource Management

A booming world population is placing significant stress on the Southern Ocean. This major gives you the qualifications to work towards meeting marine resource challenges now and in the future.

Available to study in Launceston only.

Physical Oceanography

Study ocean currents, changing temperatures and rising sea levels. You’ll also explore the ocean’s role in the climate system, gaining the skills to work as an oceanographer, climate or weather modeller anywhere in the world.

Available to study in Hobart only.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

Marine and Antarctic Science Major (100 credit points)

You will complete eight units that focus on a particular science discipline. There are five exciting majors to choose from in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science: Marine Biology, Physical Oceanography, Marine and Antarctic Governance, Marine Resource Management and Sustainable Aquaculture.

Core Units (100 credit points)

Eight units of your choice to broaden your knowledge of marine and Antarctic science. You may choose units from within the marine and Antarctic science majors across a range of topics, or focus your choices and choose to study a second major.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies. You may choose from any units offered from the College of Sciences and Engineering, or other areas of the University that are available as electives.

Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

Stream Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four units that focus on your chosen Applied Science stream.

Core Units (100 credit points)

Eight units to broaden your knowledge of science and complement your chosen stream within Applied Science.

Elective Units (50 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your chosen Applied Science stream with other discipline-specific studies. After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Career outcomes

How IMAS made a splash with Kat

"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 Biology major, Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science student

Read more about Kat's story

Applied science careers

Marine resource managers help guide the use of our strained oceans and ecosystems, while the sustainable aquaculture industry is helping to sustainably feed the world. Through applied applications, your passion for marine and Antarctic studies can drive local changes for global benefits.

Studying marine and Antarctic science leads to a variety of hands-on careers including hatchery managers, aquaculture divers, technicians and fisheries management officers.

Research careers

This degree provides a clear pathway for students to undertake postgraduate and PhD study. It can also lead to employment through local industry connections. The Australian Antarctic Program Partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Antarctic Division employs PhD students, early-career researchers and technicians working with senior scientists.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services projected 15.1% increase by May 2024*.

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Study Experiences

Our study options offer you extensive experiential learning opportunities on vessels, in the field and in the lab – as well as industry-based placements and certifications (e.g. scientific diving).

Field trip opportunities may include exploring the marine life at Maria Island, joining a voyage on a research vessel, and studying the birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean on Bruny Island.

Science Catalyst Program

If you’re a high achiever with a passion for science, the Marine and Antarctic Science Catalyst Program is for you. It combines our Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with extra experiences, events and opportunities, plus up to $13,000 in scholarships.

It’s designed to reward school leavers who have achieved academic excellence and have a passion for discovery. 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, apply today.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.