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Coastal and Ocean Science

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this specialisation, you'll dive deep into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Enhance your employability by combining your speciality with a major or minor in a broad range of complementary scientific fields, including ecology and conversation biology, earth science, genetics, microbiology or bioinformatics. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

Demand for highly skilled coastal and marine scientists is on the rise. Kickstart your research career by progressing into a higher degree by research, such as a PhD.

With a qualification in advanced science, your expertise will be highly sought after for opportunities in various fields including:

  • teaching and universities
  • fisheries laboratories
  • environmental consultancies 
  • marine parks
  • coastal management
  • government departments.


Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Marine environmental consultant
  • Fisheries research scientist
  • Marine biologist
  • Marine research officer
  • Marine ecosystems researcher
  • Conservation officer
  • Conservation researcher

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Living Oceans
  • Marine & Coastal Environmental Protection
  • Coastal Processes & Management
  • Advanced Earth Observation Sciences

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