The last year for marine science students at The University of Queensland is filled with opportunities to study a wide range of advanced courses (subjects). As these courses are focussed largely on local tropical and subtropical environments, many marine students come from around the world specifically to enrol in these courses, either as exchange students or study abroad students.

A full-time student typically will take four courses per semester. In addition to the advanced marine courses below, students can enrol in a wide range of complementary courses in other scientific disciplines or elsewhere in the university.

Students also come to UQ to undertake a research-intensive Honours year where they work closely with one of our senior research scientists to produce a thesis on their research project. 

Semester 1 (early March to late June)

Marine Science (MARS2014)
Biology, geology, & oceanography of marine ecosystems, including estuaries, littoral zones & coral reefs. More…

Marine Invertebrates (BIOL3211)
The evolution, functional biology, biogeography, ecology & life cycles of Indo-Pacific marine invertebrates, with an emphasis on coral reef & sub-tropical species. More…

Coastal Processes & Management (ENVM3200)
Analysis of coastal processes, land forms, physical & biological phenomena. Coastal zone management. Relationship between process, form & management. Resource management in coastal environments. Australian & international case studies. Includes field excursions to local habitats. More…

Marine Geoscience & Palaeoceanography (ERTH3110)
Evolution, geomorphology, volcanology, structure, stratigraphy & geophysical properties of ocean basins; hydrosphere-lithosphere-atmosphere interactions, chemical evolution of marine waters, palaeoceanography; palaeoclimate record in ocean sediment; sea level change. More…

Semester 2 (late July to late November)

Tropical Marine Ecosystems (BIOL3023)
The geological history, structure and distribution of tropical marine ecosystems, building and sustaining coral reefs in an oligotrophic ocean, and ecological functions of mangroves and seagrass ecosystems. The course will include a field trip to Heron Island Research Station. More…

Marine Ecology & Conservation (BIOL3215)
Ecology & natural history of marine & estuarine plants & animals. Emphasis on the dynamics & interactions of populations, assemblages & communities in marine environments, including an examination of methods & approaches used to study these systems. Includes field excursions of Moreton Bay. More…

Geology of Coral Reefs (ERTH3212)
A field based course investigating geological processes, morphology & zonation, structure, and sedimentation of coral reefs. Includes one week field trip to Heron Island Research Station. More…

Physical-biological Oceanography (MARS3012)
Physical and biological processes in the ocean, how they are linked and the impact of climate change on both. Integrated lectures, computer tutorials using satellite oceanography data and field studies at Moreton Bay Research Station in April. More...

Fish, Fisheries and Aquaculture (BIOL3340)
Biology and mathematics of fisheries and aquaculture, including fish reproductive biology and dispersal, mathematical modeling and stock assessment, fish nutrition, health and genetics in aquaculture and fisheries. More…