Keen to delve deeply into the study of ocean and marine sciences with global leaders in research, in state-of-the-art facilities and in some of the most beautiful and fascinating marine ecosystems in the world?
The Master of Marine Science is offered by Southern Cross University at the National Marine Science Centre situated on the northeast coast of New South Wales on the shores of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
As a student of this degree, you will work with other inspired scientists and students hands-on in the field, on and under the water and in the classroom to examine marine management and ecology, conservation and biodiversity, approaches to sustainability and mitigation of pollution among other fascinating topics.
Graduates of this course will have opportunities to work as scientists, science communicators, policymakers across private and public sectors, and make the world their oyster!
The degree is designed so that students can integrate studies with their existing employment and focuses on quality science and best practice professional skill. The degree is ideal for those seeking to develop careers in fields such as:
- Marine research
- Marine management and ecology
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Marine park management
- Human impacts mitigation
- Marine-based tourism
- Biodiversity conservation
- Carbon accounting
- Governmental policy development
Major Areas of Study
The course focuses on the sustainability and management of a range of marine ecosystems. Specialist marine units include ocean change biology, pollution of the marine environment, sustainable use of the marine environment and marine research projects that can be tailored to meet the needs or interests of the individual candidate.
Assessment varies for each unit and generally comprises a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and practical investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
Students experience a variety of teaching approaches including live and pre-recorded lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, field trips, and online activities such as online discussion forums and virtual classes.
The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit, although many require both on campus and online students to attend 3-6 day residential workshops taught at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour.
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