Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours)

Course summary

Marine Science is the study of the ocean. Marine scientists look into the biological nature and capacity of oceans, their impact on human society, and the conservation and environmental management of marine and coastal resources and regions. They spend their time observing, defining and experimenting with coastal processes, biodiversity and climate change, as well as using emerging technologies to ensure the sustainable management of these environments.

The Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) takes advantage of the diverse NSW South Coast environment, which is an ideal location to undertake specialist marine training. This setting provides substantial fieldwork opportunities in addition to the extensive laboratory-based learning you will undertake during the course. The specialist marine science training, combined with a broad background in biology and geosciences, opens up a range of employment opportunities in organisations such as State Fisheries, CSIRO, museums, local councils, and environmental consultancies.

Honours is built into this program in the fourth year, where you will expand your knowledge even further through targeted research, together with required seminars and coursework.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1872

ATAR-SR

85

IB Score

31

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

083556K

UAC Code

757624

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 85 or an IB of 31. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2020)

$128,448 (2020)

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 27 July 2020
Session: 3 August – 3 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 3 July 2020.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of Marine Science.
2 Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
3 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more discipline areas in Marine Science.
4 Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums.
5 Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with Marine Science that can be applied in a professional context.
6 Independently plan and execute a research project in Marine Science.
7 Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, as outlined below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent).
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects.
    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    BIOL104Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment6Autumn
    BIOL105Functional Biology of Animals and Plants6Autumn
    Please select ONE of the following two subjects:
    Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
    CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
    CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
    EESC101Planet Earth6Autumn
    EESC103Earth's Dynamic Surface6Spring
    Spring
    BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
    EESC102Earth's Interconnected Spheres6Spring
    EESC105Introductory Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
    Select ONE of the following two subjects:
    CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
    CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
    Year 2
    Autumn
    BIOL240Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms6Autumn
    BIOL251Principles of Ecology6Autumn
    MARE200Introduction to Oceanography6Autumn
    MATH151General Mathematics 1A6Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
    *MATH151 must be completed by any student who has not completed NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent at Band 4 or higher.
    Spring
    EESC207Advanced Geospatial Analysis6Autumn, Spring
    STAT252Statistics For the Natural Sciences6Spring
    BIOL252Evolution and Behaviour6Spring
    Plus subjects from the following list to give a total of 48 credit points for Year 2:
    BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
    GEOS309Igneous-metamorphic geology methods and processes6Not available in 2020
    EESC203Biogeography and Environmental Change6Autumn
    PHYS233Introduction to Environmental Physics6Autumn
    BIOL215Introductory Genetics6Spring
    BIOL241Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms6Spring
    CHEM214Analytical and Environmental Chemistry6Spring
    GEOG222Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures6Spring
    STS 216Environmental Sustainability, Risk and Governance6Spring
    EESC250Field Geology6Summer 2020/2021
    Year 3
    Autumn
    BIOL361Conservation Biology6Autumn
    GEOS215Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments6Autumn
    Spring
    BIOL365Marine and Terrestrial Ecology6Spring
    EESC322Coastal Environments: Process and Management6Spring
    MARE360Fisheries and Aquaculture6Spring
    Plus 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
    BIOL343Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research6Autumn
    BIOL362Ecophysiology6Autumn
    EESC321Plate Tectonics, Macrotopography and Earth History6Autumn
    EESC323Fluvial Geomorphology and Sedimentology6Autumn
    BIOL363Professional Skills in Ecology6Not available in 2020
    SCIP310Advanced Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences Project6Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
    EESC331Changing Global Environments6Spring
    EESC326Resources and Environments6Spring
    Or other subjects as approved by the Coordinator
    Year 4
    Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below
    MARE401Marine Science Honours48SMAH Annual
    MARE407Marine Science Honours (Part-Time)24SMAH Annual


  

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75% or greater in 300-level subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree. Students with an average below 75% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) with the approval of the Marine Science Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Marine Science degree.

Honours

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to Coursework Rules

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates qualify to apply for membership of relevant professional societies, such as the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility in the Science Precinct of the campus or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

UOW is expanding its science precinct with world-leading technologies for scientific research and our undergraduate learning is designed to be deeply integrated with cutting-edge research in chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences. Such advances bring disciplines together to tackle the world’s major 21st century challenges. The courses you take are taught by the scientists who are leading researchers. Thus the knowledge and skills that you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.