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.

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Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

Connect with the world's best researchers

Learn alongside the world's best marine and Antarctic science researchers.

Engage with the thriving aquaculture industry

Work closely with Tasmania’s thriving sustainable aquaculture industry.

Work placement and industry tours

Take advantage of opportunities for work placement and industry tours with local and international partners..

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A major is an area of focus in your degree. During your studies, you’ll choose an area that interests you, and then study a group of units related to that area. Find out more at What is a Major?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Career opportunities

Careers relating to Marine and Antarctic Science are growing across many industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years^.

21.5%

Natural and Physical Science Professionals

Predicted job growth to 2025

7.7%

Environmental
Scientists

Predicted job growth to 2025

15.1%

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Predicted job growth to 2025

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.

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

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