Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324431
CRICOS 057802F

Go below the surface   

Marine biology is the study of our planet’s largest and most diverse ecosystem—the sea.  

Marine biologists observe, preserve and discover ocean life, from tiny shelled creatures and thriving underwater forests to flashing squids and roving sharks.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) emphasises expertise in the lab and experiential learning out in the elements. You’ll learn from nationally and internationally acclaimed researchers as you:

  • build core knowledge in biology, statistics and communication
  • explore ecological and evolutionary science
  • dive into marine biology, coastal management and specialised research methods
  • gain extensive field experience
  • access equipment used in pioneering research around the world.

This degree prepares you for work on temperate seas—from sub-polar to sub-tropical. This is because there’s a high demand for graduates skilled in temperate marine biology.

Where could it take you?

You could explore future life in a high-CO2 world, dive on underwater volcanoes or lead oceanic ecotours. You might study the effects of climate change on our reefs or research the impact of microplastics in fish. Perhaps you’ll make documentaries to educate the wider public or discover totally new marine species.

 


  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324431
    2018 CSP ATAR 65.6
    2018 CSP IB 24
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 057802F
    Intake February and July
    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 6.5 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 Selection Rank (International) 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 26
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80
    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
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    ANU Foundation Studies 66
    Monash Foundation Year 70
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.0
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,225

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    Scholarships

    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

    The Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) degree sets you up for successful employment with:

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

    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 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

    Industry Placement


    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.

    Potential careers

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

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The 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 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
    Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells 
    or
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I 
    GEOLOGY 1103 Earth Systems I  SCIENCE 1410 Science or Fiction (Marine Biology) I 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 2530 Zoology II (Marine Biology) 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 Frontiers in Marine Biology III Approved Level III Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 ENV BIOL 3505 Marine Biology III  ENV BIOL 3010 Marine Ecology III Approved Level III Electives 2 x 3 unitsor
    Approved Level III Elective1 x 6 units

    Assessment

    Assignments, exams, practical work, field trip reports

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018