The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020

AUD35,800 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40210
CRICOS code: 0100479

Study coastal and marine science

Is the ocean and coast part of your lifestyle? Are you wanting to learn about the marine environment?

The coastal and marine environment provides recreation, food, energy, and other resources, and needs to be sustainably managed in the face of an uncertain future. Australia is home to some of the most unique and diverse coastlines and marine ecosystems in the world.

By understanding the ecological, physical, conservation, societal and management issues they face – such as climate change, pollution, urbanisation and conflicting users – we can help find solutions to these problems. When you study a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science you’ll be learning from experts in marine, coastal and ecological fields – giving you practical skills to make a difference to our world.

Why Study with us?

  • Take advantage of our unique access to marine and coastal environments – conduct fieldwork in key coastal and marine landscapes from pristine estuaries to urban developments, and major waterways and coastal zones.
  • Learn from leading academics – and engage with key figures in industry, government and the not-for-profit organisations.
  • Design your degree to suit your interests – build upon traditional science learning with courses in marine and coastal environmental studies to compliment a number specialisations to increase employability.
  • We're globally recognised for excellence in scientific research – we ranked well above world standards in nine of our science disciplines including Environmental Science and Management.

What you will study

Students will engage in contemporary issues in the marine environment from their first day at university, and the program culminates in a skills-based course and the integration of biology, ecology and management of the coastal zone that is underpinned by the NSW Coastal Management Act and Marine Estate Management Act.

Students will experience relevant field-based scenarios and engage with managers and policy makers from industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors. This will enable students to progress into a career that spans all sectors of the coastal and marine space.

You’ll gain the fundamental skills needed for a career in coastal and marine science which can be supplemented by a broad choice in minors – from traditional sciences to communication, social science and Aboriginal studies.


  • Animal Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Water and Resource Management
  • Chemistry
  • Coastal and Surface Processes
  • Geography
  • Modelling
  • Education Studies
  • Communication
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Social Science
  • Tourism
  • Natural History Illustration
  • Politics and Policy
  • Coastal Infrastructure
  • Indigenous Environmental and Community Practice

Career opportunities

The flexible structure of this degree allows students purse careers that span all sectors of the marine and coastal industry. Some career examples include:

  • Waterways and Coastal Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Fisheries Research Assistant
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Coastal and Marine Park Governance
  • Marine Biologist
  • Sustainability Officer

Practical experience

Practical experience

You’ll have access to world-class facilities as well as novel technologies, and participate in field and laboratory work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in work-integrated learning and gain recognised certifications such as a boat license, radio operator license, and drone and remotely operated vehicle operation.

Together this learning will ensure you have skills that are highly sort after by industry and government to work in the coastal and marine space.