The Graduate Diploma Physical Oceanography will give you the specialist skills to step into Australia’s growing Blue Economy. Developed in close consultation with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), you will gain industry-relevant training in Physical Oceanography theory, practice and technology, qualifying you for specialised roles in Blue Economy industries.

The Graduate Diploma Physical Oceanography covers quantitative skills with a focus on the ocean and marine environment, ranging from simulation to data acquisition and advanced statistical and computational analysis. You will also develop deep knowledge of the physical processes of the ocean.

Core courses include:

  • Fluids, Oceans and Climate
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Prediction and Inverse Modelling
  • Environmental Data Science and Statistics
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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a Bachelor (Pass) degree with a minimum WAM of 70% or equivalent in a cognate discipline (oceanography, meteorology, physics, science, mathematics, statistics, engineering) from a recognised tertiary institution. Students must have a minimum of 12 UOC in Level 2 mathematics (equivalent to UNSW's MATH2018/9 and MATH2089, for example). Exceptions can be made in cases where students have received equivalent industry training or experience.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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