• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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In this Marine Science program from James Cook University, you will develop high-level skills in evolving technologies that are providing solutions to previously unsolvable problems. 

Build your capabilities in the use of seabed mapping and fish assessment sonar, oceanographic sensors, and a range of technology used for gathering data above and below the waves.

Build networks with the international cohort who study this degree, and with the concentration of marine scientists and managers located in north Queensland. Opportunities may also exist to undertake an exchange program with an international university.

Career opportunities

The JCU Marine Science degree is one of the most respected courses of its kind in the world.

Graduates can pursue a career in a diverse range of areas including fisheries science and management, marine resource management and conservation, coastal and marine geoscience, oceanography, and marine technology.

JCU Marine Science graduates find employment with both Government and private industry, in Australia and overseas. They fill positions such as marine conservation officer, marine planner, marine biologist, marine scientists for consulting engineering companies, oceanographer, aquatic veterinarian, fisheries manager, marine education and communication, and environmental manager.

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:

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

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

General 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

    37680 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37680 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9527 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9527 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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