Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324431
Marine Biology is all about the largest and most diverse ecosystem on the planet - the sea.
This degree prepares you for work on temperate seas – from the Antarctic to sub-tropical. This is because there is high demand for graduates with skills in temperate marine biology.
You’ll have access to staff who are nationally and internationally acclaimed for research excellence.
There is a strong emphasis on experiential learning environments, so you’ll undertake extensive field experience, and access research equipment that’s used in pioneering research across the world.
The first year involves core studies in biology, geology and statistics. In subsequent years, you’ll study ecological and evolutionary biology, which includes marine biology, coastal management and specialised research methodology.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324431 2017 CSP ATAR 66 2017 CSP IB 24 2017 Adelaide Approved Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask Adelaide
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 324431
- 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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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
CRICOS 057802F Intake February and July
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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
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 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) degree sets you up for successful employment with:
environmental protection agencies
university research laboratories
You might be:
collecting data and resources by scuba diving 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Throughout your degree, you’ll take field trips to local beach and areas. In third year, you’ll go on a week-long field camp at the Marine Research Station in York Peninsula.
During most years, you’ll also have the opportunity to go on international trips to coastal regions including Timor-Leste and China. You’ll visit aquaculture farms and fish markets, undertake scuba diving courses, help local communities monitor marine parks, map local habitats and learn about coastal communities in developing countries. These international trips usually run for two weeks.
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
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.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Degree StructureLevel 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 Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
GEOLOGY 1103: Earth Systems I SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction? Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units S2 BIOLOGY 1202: Biology 1:Organisms ENV BIOL 1002: Ecological Issues I STATS 1004: Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Year2 S1 ENV BIOL 2500: Botany II ENV BIOL 2503: Zoology II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units S2 ENV BIOL 2502: Ecology II 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 3 S1 ENV BIOL 3520 Research Methods in Marine Biology III ENV BIOL 3121: Concepts in Ecology III ENV BIOL 3124: Foundations in Marine Biology III 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, 19 Oct 2017