The University of Queensland offers one of the most diverse and comprehensive marine science programs in Australia, with a range of study options for undergraduate students. Students from Australia and around the world come to UQ to be taught by our internationally renowned marine scientists.

Many of our advanced undergraduate classes include field trips to one of our field stations situated on the Great Barrier Reef and subtropical Moreton Bay, giving students important hands-on experience in some of the most biodiverse marine habitats on the planet.

There are a range of options for students wishing to come to UQ to study marine biology and science, ranging from the 3 year Bachelor of Science degree to one year or one semester intensives for advanced marine students.

Marine Science Program (Degree)

UQ offers Australian and international students the 3 year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Marine Science Major and an optional fourth Honours year which is research-intensive. The Marine Science Major allows students to specialise in marine biology and ecology, marine geology or coastal environments. To enrol or obtain further information contact Student Enquiries.

Marine Biology Extended Program (Degree)

UQ offers Australian and international students the 3 year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with a Marine Biology Extended Major and an optional fourth Honours year which is research-intensive. The Marine Biology Extended Major allows students to focus on the biology of marine organisms rather than on the physical aspects of marine science. To enrol or obtain further information contact Student Enquiries.

Advanced Undergraduate Courses in Marine Science

Advanced undergraduate students can obtain a comprehensive experience in marine science, which includes numerous long trips to our marine field stations and excursions to local field, industry and tourism sites. Students from around the world enrol in these courses either as exchange or study-abroad students, mixing with local students to study the rich marine biodiversity and habitats of Queensland. More…

International Program

In addition, universities come to UQ as groups to study marine science intensively. Partner universities include Stanford University and the University of California. For details contact the International Programs office.

Marine science for the non-majors

We also offer courses to those who want to experience our rich marine environment but do not have the necessary background in science to enrol in our advanced courses. More…

Advanced Undergraduate Courses in Marine Science
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 o...

Advanced Undergraduate Courses in Marine Science



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…