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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), our bachelor degrees will give you the skills and knowledge for a career in the growing and globally-critical marine, fisheries, aquaculture, and Antarctic sectors.

Catalyst Program

Are you a high achiever and want to get the most out of your University experience? The Catalyst Program combines your Bachelor degree with scholarships, extracurricular experiences, special events, and networking opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you.

Learn more about the Catalyst Program

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

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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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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Undergraduate Certificate in Antarctic and Climate Science

Minimum 1 year, maximum 1 year

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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.

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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 in Hobart in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science.
Also Available in the Associate Degree in Applied Science.

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 in Hobart in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science.

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 in Hobart in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science.


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 in Hobart in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic 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 in Hobart in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science.

Course breakdown

When choosing what you’d like to study in our Bachelor degree, you can choose from majors in two different areas: Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Marine and Antarctic Science.

For your Major, you may select from Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart), Marine Biology (Hobart), Marine Resource Management (Launceston), Oceanography (Hobart) and Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston). The Core units are compulsory for all students.

You choose eight "elective" units which you meet the pre-requisites for, at any level, from across the university. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas. Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline as your major or related fields.

You can also use this space to complete an optional second major which may be a second major chosen from another course noting some exclusions apply. Not all majors can be taken by students in different courses.


Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

  • 8 Major units (100 credit points)
  • 8 Core units (100 credit points)
  • 8 Elective units (100 credit points)


Associate Degree in Applied Science (Sustainable Aquaculture)

  • 4 Stream units (50 credit points)
  • 8 Core units (100 credit points)
  • 4 Elective units (50 credit points)

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.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

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 of 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.