Marine studies at the University of Sydney encompass marine geosciences, marine biology and marine science.
In undertaking a marine geoscience oriented major, you will focus on questions concerning the inner Earth, the Earth’s crust and its movements, seafloor sediments, and the evolution of the Earth’s ocean, continents and climate. The School of Geosciences offers units with a focus on marine geology or marine sedimentary processes and coastal management. Students studying these fascinating topics also have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork at the University’s state of the art field stations.
To prepare for a marine major, it is recommended that you complete junior units in biology, chemistry and geosciences. It is a good idea to plan ahead and have an idea of which senior units you need to complete, so that you can plan your junior and intermediate prerequisite units accordingly.
You will take intermediate units of study in biology and geoscience, which are prerequisites for your senior units of study. Your studies will look at coasts and the marine geology of ocean basins and continental margins and the major biological systems of the oceans.
To complete your marine major the minimum requirement is 24 credit points of senior geoscience units. You can choose from units of study that cover a wide range of geoscience and coastal topics, all taught by experts in their respective field.
As a marine geoscientist, you can work in many aspects of marine science including climate change modeling, disaster forecast, preservation of our coastal areas or the location and extraction of renewable and non-renewable energies from the sea. You may work in laboratories, or in the field - gathering and interpreting data and material which may be collected in a variety of ways, from the physical collection of data and specimens to the utilisation of satellite data-gathering technology.
Further study for major
Further marine studies are available through an honours program and subsequent higher research programs, or through postgraduate coursework programs. All are very highly regarded by industry.
If you are eligible, a research honours year is the perfect way to find out whether you have the aptitude or ability for research in a specialised area of marine science and allows you to focus on the intellectual and practical challenges of a research project by conducting original research under the supervision of a member of our academic staff, culminating in the presentation of a thesis. The Faculty of Science offers marine science honours projects in a wide range of research areas usually from a geosciences perspective or a biological sciences perspective.
If you do very well in your honours year, you may wish to undertake a higher degree by research, through an MSc or PhD.
For a more structured approach to further study, there are postgraduate coursework programs in marine science related areas, such as the Master of Marine Science and Management, and the Master of Science in Environmental Science, where you have the opportunity to choose from a range of postgraduate level units.
Related subject areas
Geology and Geophysics