What will I learn?

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.

Our Graduate Diploma in Marine and Antarctic Science provides you with a solid coursework grounding in your chosen area of specialisation, and provides a pathway to move onto our Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.

This unique program combines marine science with a focus on the southern ocean and Antarctica. You’ll have access to industry-leading facilities at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and internationally recognised experts to help you kick-start your career.

The Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science provides:

Practical skills alongside theoretical studies to broaden your experience and give you the edge when it comes to employment
More than lectures, labs and tutorials with study trip units that take learning to the Southern Ocean and into Australia's largest fisheries, aquaculture and seafood industries
Contacts, work experience and research links in Australia's largest fisheries and aquaculture industries (based in Tasmania)
Access to our international partner organisations and internationally recognised marine science organisations based in Tasmania

You'll have the choice to study one of the following three streams: Marine Biology, Fisheries Management or Sustainable Aquaculture.

Course objectives

The course provides specialist coursework streams for students to pursue in-depth learning in a particular area of marine science. This is supported with two subjects all students undertake in research methodology.

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge in their chosen area of coursework through a focus on both the quantitative elements of marine and Antarctic science as well as the application and translation of science into industry practice and management.

The skills gained will assist graduates in contributing to world issues such as seafood production and security, climate change and marine stewardship.

Graduates can choose to continue their study and articulate into the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science, and pursue research in IMAS' key research areas of oceanography and cryosphere, fisheries and aquaculture, ecology and biodiversity, climate change, oceans and Antarctic governance and ocean-earth systems.

Career outcomes

The University's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS) provides our students with access to some of the world's leading research facilities giving you the best career foundation.

Career opportunities (dependent on field of study)

Scientific Officer
Coastal Community Engagement Officer
Federal or State Government advisor (policy / environment)
Antarctic Researcher – Australian Antarctic Division
Marine Park Manager
Commercial Diver
Conservation Biologist
Marine Biologist
Australian Customs
Fish Health Officer / Fisheries Biologist
Aquarium Manager
Aquaculturist / aquaculture entrepreneur
Aquaculture farm manager
Ice Core Chemist
Climatologist
Glaciologist
Hatchery Technician
Fisheries Management Officer
Fishery Stock Assessment
Quota Licensing Officer
Fisheries Biologist
Quality Assessment Technician
Researcher or University Lecturer

Further Study Opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Marine and Antarctic Science, students can articulate into the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.

Which department am I in?

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

CRICOS

096367G

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
A$33,950.00 (18,17,452) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Venue

University of Tasmania

Hobart Campus,

Churchill Avenue,

SANDY BAY,

Tasmania,

7005, HOBART, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to most masters by coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, TOEFL (IBT) 72 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22); PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 50; UTAS Access-English Level 7 - 60% (no individual score less than 60%); Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade; Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade; Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade.

For international students

To be admitted to study the Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science you will need an Australian Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent qualification at a recognised tertiary institution with a major in life sciences (such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, zoology, plant science, marine biology, ecology etc).

IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (iBT) 72 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22)

PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 50

UTAS Access-English Level 7 - 60% (no individual score less than 60%)

Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade

Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade

Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

The University of Tasmania is an excellent choice for international students with its quality education and unparalleled student life.

  • Australia’s premier university for teaching excellence
  • Teaching & research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Students can benefit from its industry connections
  • Among global top two per cent of universities