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Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
CampusOffered at Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$29,230* AUD
CRICOS course code053749E
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code S399
VTAC Codes1400718043 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) will provide you with a unique opportunity to study temperate marine biology, in a marine environment that has some of the highest biological diversity in Australia.

You will undertake fieldwork in natural marine environments on the Victorian coast throughout your course, providing you with an exciting and hands-on program of study.

You can also experience the environment first hand through state-of-the-art, remotely operated underwater vehicles which beam images back to the boat as they are being generated on the sea floor. These images are to bring the marine environment to life, giving you the opportunity to participate in activities like identifying marine plants and animals as the underwater vehicle runs across a reef or along the seabed. The course has a strong ecological focus, linking biological and oceanographic processes in the study of marine environments.

The combination of knowledge and skills gained from this course will give you the capacity as a graduate to contribute significantly to the management of the marine environment in Australia and overseas.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this course include marine biology tour guide, fishery officer, marine biology consultant, laboratory technician, local government environmental officer, aquaculture manager, sustainability project officer, as well as moving into research or pursuing postgraduate study.

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Course rules

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:


  • 20 core units
  • 4 elective units
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - up to 10 credit points
  • level 3 - at least 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be science course-grouped

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SLE103 Ecology and the Environment  

SLE104 The Blue Planet: Water and Life  

SLE111 Cells and Genes  

SLE150 Environmental Chemistry  

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program  *


Trimester 2

SLE144 Aquatic Life  

SLE161 Aquaculture and the Environment  

SLE105 Aquatic Pollution  

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements  *

plus one elective unit


Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE244 Aquatic Ecology  

SLE255 Marine Biology  

SLE251 Research Methods and Data Analysis  

SLE263 Marine and Coastal Ecosystems  


Trimester 2

SLE261 Diversity of Fishes  

SLE223 Water Quality and Ecological Health  

SLE232 Freshwater Biology  

plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

SLE301 Professional Practice  

SLE337 Marine Biodiversity  

SLE304 Geographic Information Systems: Uses in Aquatic Environments  

SLE325 Human Impacts On Aquatic Ecosystems  


Trimester 2

SLE315 Comparative Animal Physiology  

SLE319 Environmental Planning and Assessment  

plus two elective units


* SLE010 and STP010 are compulsory 0-credit point units



Available elective units:

SLE162 Marine and Coastal Environmental Interpretation  

SLE254 Genetics  

SLE217 Aquaculture Nutrition and Seafood Quality  

SLE314 Research Project  

SLE328 Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change  

SLE350 Marine Wildlife  

SLE343 Fisheries Management  

SLE329 Aquatic Animal Health and Reproduction  

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Course expenses

In addition to student contribution fees, students should be aware that they may be required to meet their own expenses in connection with food and accommodation while on fieldwork.

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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

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Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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