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Master of Biological Science: Marine Biology

Course Description


Marine biologists study the natural processes affecting organisms in marine and estuarine environments and the human effects on these processes. Marine Biology encompasses all organisms in the marine world, from microbes to animals, from invertebrates to whales, as well as plants such as seagrasses and seaweeds.

The Master of Biological Science, with a specialisation in Marine Biology, provides you with knowledge of marine organisms and marine environmental systems and will equip you for a wide range of jobs in marine environmental sciences.

Course description, features and facilities

This course is for you if you are fascinated by all aspects of our marine and coastal environments. Marine science includes marine biology and ecology, marine and coastal management, and oceanography. It combines knowledge of marine aquatic life with a solid understanding of the physical environment. Through experimental design and research, you will learn to appreciate the complex interactions that occur in marine ecosystems.

UWA is well situated to study Marine Biology, on the edge of the Indian Ocean with access to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean as well as the tropical north and Ningaloo World Heritage Marine Park. We are well equipped for teaching and research in marine biology. We are supported by three world class research institutes:
The Oceans Institute,
The Centre for Marine Futures,
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

For course structure see:

Attendance type:

Master of Biological Science Course code: 72520

Master of Biological Science CRICOS code: 074948B

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

International students may be eligible for scholarships:


These details are currently correct; however ONLY details from the official UWA site can be relied upon for your decisions.

Visit the Master of Biological Science: Marine Biology page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

Becas Chile CONICYT - No. of awards TBC

The Chilean Government scholarship program, Becas Chile, and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) have announced the opening of the 2014 round of master’s and PhD scholarships.

The scholarships are intended to prepare professionals from all knowledge areas to study in any country outside Chile. Upon return to Chile, the expectation is that graduates will apply their acquired knowledge to contribute to the scientific, academic, economic, social and cultural development of the country. Citizens of Chile and other nationalities who have permanent residence in Chile can apply for these scholarships to either start or continue studies leading to a master’s or PhD degree at leading institutions abroad.Applicants need to submit a valid letter of offer from an overseas institution when they apply for the scholarship. The letter may be conditional, provided that it is subject to one of the following:
• improvement of the applicant’s level of English
• financial requirement to meet the tuition fees
• attainment of a master’s degree in the case of PhD applicants. Study programs must be offered by universities or research centres classified within the top 150 places according to the Times Higher Education ranking or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai, ARWU). CONICYT has provided a list of these universities on their website. The study program may also sit within the first 50 places in the subject-specific rankings.
In the case of applications for master’s programs, Australian institutions will need to provide the applicant with documentary evidence of the excellence of the selected program/university or demonstrate the institution’s leadership in their field through international rankings or accredited local rankings. Universities that achieve ERA ratings of three to five should include information relevant to the program in the letter of offer (Clause 4.2.2. of the Master and PhD booklets refers).Awardees that need to improve their English prior to the commencement of their program have two options:
• attain the required level of English in Chile by enrolling in a program organised by Becas Chile
• undertake English studies in the study destination as required.In the second option, the awardee will need to cover the cost of the program (unless there is a benefit offered by the foreign education provider) and CONICYT will cover the flight and stipend (for up to six months). If you would like further information, please contact Ms Viviana Gaete, [email protected] Education Manager, Austrade Santiago.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Citizens of Chile

Application Procedure

More information about the scholarships and this round can be found (in Spanish) on the CONICYT website:
• master’s program
• PhD program

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The equivalent (as recognised by the Faculty) of a bachelor's degree from this University with a relevant major.The equivalent (as recognised by the Faculty) of a Graduate Diploma in Biological Science of this University.These degrees from this University.See: View Website

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