• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


A diversity of rapidly evolving technologies are providing marine scientists with increasingly powerful ways to collect diverse data from above and below the waves; data that support and direct solutions to previously insoluble problems. These methods include: water quality sensors, seabed mapping and fish assessment sonar, sensors for detecting underwater mineral deposits and wrecked ships, oceanographic sensors, acoustic tagging and tracking equipment, sensors for monitoring the activity and physical environment of marine mammals, reptiles and fish.

Career opportunities

The Marine Science program from James Cook University has been developed in consultation with private corporations and federal, state and local government marine professionals from disciplines as diverse as marine geologists, physical and biological oceanographers, marine biologists and marine chemists. That means that the technological skills you develop with be broadly applicable in addressing today's and tomorrow’s challenges facing the world’s oceans. So your field-leading Marine Science qualification will give you a head-start in an exciting career locally or internationally in a diversity of fields including:

  • Fisheries Science and Management
  • Marine Conservation Research and Conservation Policy
  • Environmental Research and Management
  • Marine Geoscience and Hydrography
  • Physical and Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Technology
  • Marine Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Marine Impact Assessment

Completing the JCU Bachelor of Marine Science can also open career options in:

  • Tourism
  • Education

You will also automatically become a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      • Only for national students
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Biodiversity
  • Chemistry: A Central Science
  • Evolution of the Earth
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Introductory Marine Science
  • Modelling Natural Systems

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

CRICOS code: 056552E

  • Assumed Knowledge: English (4,SA); Maths B (4,SA); Chemistry (4,SA)
  • Recommended Study: At least one of Biology, Earth Science, Geography, Maths C or Physics

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36280 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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