Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

With a Graduate Diploma 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.

This one-year 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 Diploma 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—are designed to get you to solve real-world problems and learn 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, have what it takes to progress in your career, to refresh your skills or to undertake a career change.

Course outline

View a sample study plan/course structure table.

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management can be undertaken on a full time or part time basis. You must complete 48 credit points of study across two of the four areas of knowledge including:

a) 24 credit points of core units of study;

b) 12 credit points of elective units

c) 12 credit points of elective units of study which may be taken from the other partner universities under the equivalent program (University of NSW, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University) via Cross Institutional Study.

The four areas of knowledge are: BIO: Marine biology / Biological oceanography, GEO: Marine geosciences / Coastal engineering, PHY: Physical oceanography / Marine engineering, and ENV: Environmental management / Sustainability.

Detailed example study plans are available at the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/science/marine/program/graduate_diploma.shtml

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

If you were already working in a related area, the marine science and management program will enable you to progress in your career by upgrading your skills. If you had been working in a different area, the program will allow you to undertake a career change by moving towards a position more oriented to marine science and management. 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 effects.

Admission

Admission requirements

a) A Bachelor of Science in the discipline of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, marine science, geosciences, geography, geology environmental studies, environmental engineering, civil engineering, aquaculture, agriculture or natural resource management, or equivalent qualification.
or;
b) Completion of the embedded graduate certificate in this discipline, from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

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

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). 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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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