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Marine and Antarctic Science

Are you interested in becoming a highly trained scientist, researcher, or leader in industries, academic institutions, government and communities across the world?

At the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), we deliver exciting, innovative and globally relevant education programs.

IMAS offers the only master’s degree in the world that combines marine science with a focus on the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. This specialised course will provide you with a strong grounding in coursework and a year-long research project.

As a gateway to Antarctica and with a natural marine laboratory on your doorstep, the University of Tasmania provides an ideal base to study for a career in marine biology and the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Course Options

Master of Marine and Antarctic Science

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 096366J

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Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science

1 year min, 3 years max
Hobart, Launceston CRICOS 096367G

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We are ranked ninth in the world for Oceanography (ARWU by subject 2019).*

*Overall the University of Tasmania is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2016).

Study at the gateway to Antarctica and with a natural marine laboratory on your doorstep.

Connect with Industry through our international partner organisations and marine science organisations based in Tasmania.

Study options

Sustainable Aquaculture

Available in Launceston

Fisheries Management

Available in Launceston

Seafood Science

Available in Launceston

Marine Biology

Available in Hobart

Governance and Policy

Available in Hobart

Degree Electives

In addition to your core and specialist studies, you'll also have the flexibility to choose from a full year research project or a group project with an industry placement.

Course breakdown


Master of Marine and Antarctic Science

200 credit points

  • 25 credit points: Core units
  • 75 credit points: Specialist units
  • 100 credit points: Research project / industry placement


Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science

100 credit points

  • 25 credit points: Core units
  • 75 credit points: Specialist units

Career outcomes

With an annual value to Australia of approximately $40 billion and growing, graduates from the University of Tasmania are highly sought-after in a
range of fields. The commercial fishing and aquaculture industry directly employs 7000 people in Australia, and Tasmania is the country’s largest
commercial operator in this area.

Studying Marine and Antarctic Science with IMAS allows graduates to pursue exciting careers in marine and climate research, fisheries management,
aquaculture, non-governmental organisations, environmental governance and all levels of government from local to global.

Study Experiences

Gateway to Antarctica

“I got into a few universities, but with Hobart having a really big international reputation, more marine scientists than any other city, and being a gateway city to Antarctica, this was the perfect place to do it in Australia. There’s no other university in the country where you can actively study an Antarctic science course”.

Sahan Jayasinghe

Master of Marine and Antarctic Science graduate

This course is designed to prepare students for a meaningful scientific career in industry or as a researcher.

IMAS has strong relationships with international experts and industry-leading facilities including the Australian Antarctic Division, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and Institut Polaire, plus, as the only university in Tasmania, we have prime access to the broad range of fisheries and aquaculture businesses in the State.

No matter what path you take, your studies will be more than just lecturers, labs and tutorials. You’ll have field trip opportunities that take your learning to the Southern Ocean and into Australia’s largest fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood industries.

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 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.