Marine science underpins the management of coastal and marine resources and provides fundamental discoveries of marine life. 

You’ll investigate oceans and coastal habitats, using biological, chemical and physical sciences, and can specialise in:

  • marine biology and ecology
  • marine geology
  • coastal environments.

As an undergraduate, you’ll explore physical processes on coasts and in coastal oceans, and the biology and ecology of marine organisms, including fish and fisheries. You’ll take part in practical activities at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef and Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island. 

As a postgraduate, you’ll undertake in-depth research in your chosen field.

    Why study marine science at UQ?

    You’ll have access to UQ’s impressive marine facilities and learn from experts who make up the largest group of marine scientists in Australia.

    Australia’s marine-based industries are worth more than $16 billion annually, and you’ll have the chance to gain experience relevant to diverse careers in: 

    • engineering and consulting, and marine resource development
    • fisheries and aquaculture
    • wildlife conservation, ecotourism and management of marine resources
    • scientific research and education.

    Undergraduate and honours programs

    Visit the Faculty of Science Study Planner website for more details about majors and fields of study within UQ science degree programs.

    Higher degree by research

    Photo: Molly O'Brien

    Watch our video

    Our 'Students Explore Reef Environment' video shows you a taste of what to expect when you study marine science with us.

    Students explore the reef environment at UQ's Heron Island Research Station. (Vimeo, 2m:28s)