Learn in our purpose-built marine facilities and take your knowledge into real-world environments while you study. Discover what's under the surface of the water – from shallow rock pools to the deep sea, and learn how you can preserve all it has to offer. You'll have the chance to access placements with leading organisations such as Zoos Victoria and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, ensuring you'll graduate ready to tackle the latest in conservation, management and sustainability of our marine environment.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Choose marine at Deakin
Our courses are taught by leading marine scientists who are dedicated to equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the marine and environmental employment sectors. Our marine programs are taught in excellent laboratory facilities, providing you a hands-on, practical learning experience.
Our campuses are situated close to some of Australia’s most renowned coastline for fieldwork. This provides you access to a diverse array of marine animals and plants, and coastal locations such as rocky shores, mangroves and open ocean.
Deakin offers two marine courses:
- Our Bachelor of Marine Science is a science-based and interdisciplinary course that aligns closely with the National Marine Science Plan. It provides you with a broad field of marine science studies. You’ll have the skills needed to protect and drive a sustainable future for our world’s oceans.
- Our Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) is environmental science based. You’ll learn about the interaction between humans and marine environments, the ecological sustainability through hands-on lab and fieldwork activities and gain a strong understanding of environmental health assessment. You’ll be ready to help manage our marine, coastal and catchment environments.
Graduates in either of our courses become ready to help manage our marine habitats and ecosystems and will have access to a diverse range of career opportunities and roles.
Marine science students are multidisciplinary and have a range of career options including:
- marine biochemistry and biotechnology
- marine biology and ecology
- microbiology and genomics
- marine policy
- fisheries and aquaculture
- remote sensing and quantitative modelling.
Marine biology students may be able to work as:
- marine biologists
- marine biology consultants
- environment and sustainability officers
- park rangers
- EPA and biosecurity officers
- water authority and catchment management employees
- marine ecotourism and education consultants.
I worked on a project assessing the use of drones to monitor intertidal reefs as part of a research partnership with Parks Victoria. It was great to learn through a hands-on experience.
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology), Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours)
Learn more about Sarah’s experiences
'I loved the ocean as a child and in primary school I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had visited Open Day and loved the location and campus Deakin had.'
'Whilst studying I had participated in many local volunteering opportunities as well as international placements. I worked with penguins, whales and local vegetation around Warrnambool, and with sea turtles, giant tortoises and seabirds in Costa Rica, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles.'
'These opportunities gave me a greater depth to the knowledge I learned throughout my course, introducing me to many different career opportunities and equipping me with the tools and knowledge to succeed in whatever path I choose.'
Studying in Warrnambool means you'll have access to our Aquaculture Futures Facility, which houses both fresh and saltwater recirculating systems.
Waurn Ponds students will have access to our Queenscliff Marine Science Centre, which is a marine science research and teaching facility located on Port Phillip Bay near Queenscliff, and shared with the Victorian Fisheries Authority. The centre provides access to excellent facilities and a variety of nearby marine and coastal ecosystems.
Study in Warrnambool
Set on the picturesque Hopkins River, minutes away from the southern coast and at one end of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road, our Warrnambool Campus provides a friendly, tight-knit and personal approach to your studies. Outside, your classroom extends to the Merri Marine Sanctuary and picturesque beaches, including the famous Logan’s Beach where Southern Right Whales visit almost annually to calve.
Study in Geelong
Close to world famous landmarks like Bells Beach, the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus provides the best of both worlds – a bustling city life and relaxed fun-filled regional environment adjacent to the Bellarine Peninsula.
Valuable links with industry
Every marine student at Deakin will complete a Professional Practice unit that includes an industry-based placement (internship). This provides experience in your potential career path, and you will gain valuable experience and start establishing your professional networks, all while receiving credit towards your degree.
Our marine science staff have close links with industry and relationships with various organisations, ensuring our courses are up to date with industry trends and giving you first-hand insight into the current environment. We work with many government agencies including the Victorian Fisheries Authority, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and local water and catchment management authorities in addition to industries such as those involved in aquaculture.
Our students have previously completed placements in high-profile organisations such as Zoos Victoria, The Nature Conservancy, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, as well as other local, state and federal government agencies.
The Fingal Beach image taken by drone is courtesy of the Deakin Marine Mapping Group, Centre for Integrative Ecology.
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