Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management

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With a Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management, you will be taught by world-leading experts in some of the best coastal locations in the country. In-depth study in marine science and management subjects, plus lots of hands-on experience in incredible aquatic field sites, will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

Conducted over one year on a part time basis, this degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about the science and management of marine environments. Highly regarded in the professional field, it’s the perfect option for graduates who want to get a job in marine science or who want to extend their expertise by specialising in theoretical and practical skills.

Developed in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and its partner universities, the degree’s rich array of subjects include the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography (physical, geological and biological) and engineering (coastal and marine). While you will undertake core units at the University of Sydney, you can take elective units at one of our partner universities.

The extensive coastline, harbour and unique marine ecology around the University of Sydney make it an outstanding location to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management. As a student of this degree, you will have access to premier locations, like the Sydney Institute of Marine Science—a recently refurbished heritage building overlooking Sydney Harbour with state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. Further afield, we have a tropical research station in the Great Barrier Reef, where several classes are taught.

The coastal expertise at the University of Sydney is one of the best in Australia. We have international leaders in areas ranging from coastal science and management to coastal ecology and biology. Our innovative subjects—like coastal management, modelling, geographic information systems, ecological statistics, remotely sensed data analysis and marine and coastal law—will have you solving real-world problems and learning to tackle multifaceted problems concerning our coasts and the ocean.

By the end, you will be armed with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science. You will gain both a theoretical understanding and applied skills to connect marine processes and the challenges that are associated with managing such a dynamic environment. Ultimately, you will have what it takes to progress in your career, to refresh your skills or to undertake a career change.

Course outline

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Study plan

To successfully complete the course, you are required to complete a total of 24 credit points of units - 12 credit points of core units of study, and 12 credit points of elective units of study across 2 out of 3 areas of knowledge. The areas of knowledge are: Marine biology / Biological oceanography; Marine geosciences / Coastal engineering; Physical oceanography / Marine engineering; ENV: Environmental management / Sustainability.

The graduate certificate can be completed over 2 semesters with 2 units taken each semester, or over 1 semester, with 4 units taken over 1 semester.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

After graduating, you can take up career opportunities in the government agencies that manage coastal and marine resources and environments and also in consulting companies that seek coastal and marine specialists. With climate change predictions that impact on ocean levels and marine ecology, there will be a need for more coastal and marine experts to deal with the associated impacts and effects.


Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science and Management requires: (a) a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering with a credit average, or equivalent qualification

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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