Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

The course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and has a strong focus on conservation issues that challenge both coastal and marine ecosystems. There is an emphasis on developing practical skills, and it is taught in a range of tropical and subtropical environments including the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks. First-year and most second-year units are based at Lismore campus. Some second-year and most third-year units are based at the University's National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) in Coffs Harbour, adjacent to the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Units taught at the NMSC are usually run as intensives with a compulsory six-day on-campus period for all students. In these units, students study specialist topics such as ocean change biology, marine community biology, marine pollution and marine ecosystem management Other highlights of this degree include units in marine mammal conservation and coral reef ecology. The coral reefs unit integrates the skills taught throughout the course and includes an extended residential period on a Great Barrier Reef island.


24 units. Lismore students complete third-year units at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, in intensive mode. Online students attend compulsory residential workshops at the Lismore campus and most third-year units at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, in intensive mode.


  • Marine science
  • Marine management
  • Ocean change biology
  • Marine mammals
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Marine pollution
  • Ecosystem management

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Recommended: any 2 units of English
  • Or TAFE and VET awards (Certificate III and above)
  • Or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study
  • Or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)


Graduates are eligible for membership of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. During the course, students will have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.

Study pathways

This course offers intermediate awards (early exit points) at Diploma and Associate Degree levels. An Honours year is available for selected students.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Lismore International: $87,600 Yes No information available

Further information

Graduates may be employed within the public and private environmental sectors as consultants, marine park planners, marine biologists and ecologists, marine reserve officers, aquaculturists, fisheries managers, project officers, technical officers, and state coordinators.

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