What will I learn?

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Sciences

CRICOS

057802F

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,500.00 (US$ 27,458) per year

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

Start date

1 March 2021

Venue

The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE,

South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Students are required to complete Secondary School Qualifications equivalent to Australian Year 12.

Assumed knowledge: Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

Application deadline - Coursework program commencing in Semester 1: 1 December; Semester 2: 1 May.

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Pathways options

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  • The University of Adelaide College
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About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 world’s most liveable city (The Economist)