Graduate Certificate in Marine Science - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Marine Science

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Gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills you need for a career in marine science. Through fieldwork and engaging interactions with discipline experts, you will develop advanced knowledge of coastal and marine ecology, explore the critical issues facing global marine environments, and develop specialist knowledge of the strategies and partnerships required to sustainably manage marine resources. You will learn how to design research projects to investigate complex problems, collect and interpret data, participate in scientific peer review processes, formulate solutionsand communicate outcomes to diverse audiences. You will plan and implement a substantive hands-on marine research project under the supervision of senior academics. Your interactions with experts from different disciplines will broaden your understanding of the various dimensions of marine science and enable you to identify a research topic and supervisor that best meets your career interests. The program is also an ideal starting point for marine science career in government or industry or as a pathway to a research career through the Master of Science.  

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
USC program code
Semester 1
1 year part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
Biology, English, Mathematical Methods; and at least one of the sciences, preferably Chemistry
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
Program coordinator
Dr Christofer Clemente

A defining feature of the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science is its use of an extended coursework training component to build breadth of discipline knowledge followed by an advanced hands-on research project to develop depth of expertise. The program is designed as an in-depth and intensive primer for rapid career progression in marine science based on authentic learning experiences, extensive fieldwork activities, and interactions with industry partners.  

Entry requirements

Completion of an undergraduate degree (AQF 7 or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.


USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science in 2022. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be a domestic student, and meet the citizenship and residency requirements. For more information visit Commonwealth supported places. Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC. Commonwealth supported places will be allocated to eligible students who meet the entry requirements in order of application date, so apply as soon as possible.

Program structure

Required courses (3) 36 units

ENS500 Coastal and Marine Ecology
ENS501 Coastal Conservation Planning
SRP721 Special Research

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 48
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (part-time) duration is based on studying 24-unit points per semester (normally 2 courses) and following the recommended study sequence.
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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Ways to study

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