The Master of Marine Science and Management is a joint degree between UNSW and three Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) partner universities. It takes you beyond traditional courses to address new approaches to marine science, including information systems and remotely sensed data analysis, the impact and use of marine science on management in the marine and coastal zones.You will also learn about coastal management and engineering, climate change, marine ecology and conservation, physical oceanography and modelling. This is a 12- to 18-month degree depending on prior learning, and you will have the option to complete three courses at partner universities. The degrees compulsory tutorial and seminar series is taught at SIMS at Chowder Bay and is based around the analysis of data streams from the Integrated Marine Observing System www.imos.org.au.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is multidisciplinary and cross-institutional, giving you access to a comprehensive set of approaches and methods unique in Marine Science and Management. This degree really develops and stretches your numerical skills with excel, R and matlab toolboxes.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone interested in marine science, management and conservation will improve their numerical skills in statistics and data management; and improve their knowledge in cutting-edge areas of climate change, ocean observing, plankton, fish, fisheries and marine mammals.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental science
  • Local government
  • Teaching
  • Marine science
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Business and investment

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 or greater. The BSc. degree may be in any discipline of Science; OR*A Bachelor of Science Honours degree in any Science discipline;


  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a WAM of 50-65 plus at least 5 years professional experience in a relevant field of marine science or environmental science;


  • Any degree with an appropriate Science major with numerical or data handing skills plus at least 5 years professional experience in a relevant field of marine science or environmental science.Students are expected to have completed undergraduate level statistical analysis before commencing this program.

    Students who do not have this knowledge will be required to enrol into BEES5041 Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Management as one of their directed electives.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience not listed above may apply for admission to this program. In accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition of Prior Learning, applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry into this program. This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other context which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors.

Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program.Students with an Honours degree (AQF Level 8) in science may be eligible for up to 24 UOC of advanced standing, depending upon numerical literacy and background in marine science. These students will then need to complete 48 UOC of courses to complete the program which includes 24 UOC of compulsory core courses, 12 UOC of directed electives at UNSW and 12 UOC of electives at two of the partner universities. Advanced standing will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Program Coordinator.

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*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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