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Marine Biology

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

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.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

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.

Deepen your scientific expertise by combining your specialisation with a major or minors from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you'll be expertly prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.


1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

17 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2021

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

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Advanced Zoology
  • Tropical Marine Ecosystems
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation
  • Practical Marine Science

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