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Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324431

CRICOS 057802F

Marine Biology is all about the largest and most diverse ecosystem on the planet - the sea. It is strange that our planet is named Earth when most of it is sea, and stranger that many graduates train in tropical seas when the bulk of jobs are in temperate (Antarctic to sub-tropical) seas. Most of Australia’s population lives on temperate coasts. For this reason, we prepare graduates for work on these coasts by demonstrating the problems and needs facing marine industry and conservation. 

Students of this program have access to staff who are nationally and internationally acclaimed for research excellence. There is also a strong emphasis on providing students with field experience. Students use the same equipment that is used in pioneering research across the northern and southern hemispheres. 

This program prepares graduates for careers in marine biology via training in the use of coherent, logical procedures and rigorous experimental planning for practical work in the field and laboratory. There is demand for people with these skills in temperate marine biology.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324431
    2015 CSP ATAR 65.6
    2015 CSP IB 24
    2015 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2016. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2016 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2015 or 2014), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2014). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324431

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 057802F
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,775

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $31,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in:

    • conservation groups
    • consultancy firms
    • councils
    • environmental protection agencies
    • state governments
    • university research laboratories
    • water authorities.

    Job requirements may include:

    • collecting data and resources by SCUBA and boats
    • managing fisheries and coastal planning
    • monitoring climate change and water quality
    • policy formation and creating marine protected areas.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Lecturer, Life Scientist, Project Officer, Environmental Project Officer, Research Assistant, Research Associates, Resource Management, Environmental Management, Scientific Officer, Government Officer, Biodiversity Assessment, Resource Manager, Environmental Remediation Officer, Environmental Scientist, Aquaculture, Science Communicators, Research Scientist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Marine Biologist, Fisheries Researcher

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    Level 1 involves core studies in biology, geology and statistics. At subsequent levels, students study ecological and evolutionary biology courses that include marine biology components, as well as coastal management and specialised research methodology. At level 3, there are specific marine courses that cover the theoretical, practical and fieldwork aspects of marine biology.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells (3 units)
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I (3 units)
    GEOLOGY 1103: Earth Systems I (3 units) SCIENCE 1100: Principles & Practice of Science I (3 units) Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOLOGY 1202: Biology 1:Organisms (3 units) ENV BIOL 1002: Ecological Issues I (3 units) STATS 1004: Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (3 units) Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 ENV BIOL 2500: Botany II (3 units) ENV BIOL 2503: Zoology II (3 units) Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ENV BIOL 2502: Ecology II (3 units) Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1 ENV BIOL 3520 Research Methods in Marine Biology III (3 units) ENV BIOL 3121: Concepts in Ecology III (3 units) ENV BIOL 3124: Foundations in Marine Biology III (3 units) Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ENV BIOL 3500 Marine Biology III (6 units) Approved Level III Electives 2 x 3 units
    Approved Level III Elective1 x 6 units


    Assignments, exams, practical work, field trip reports

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Last updated: Thursday, 21 Jan 2016


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