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Students completing this double packaged award course will graduate with both a Bachelor of Marine Science majoring in Marine Science, and a Master of Marine Biology.
The Bachelor of Marine Science will expose students to the full breadth of the marine science discipline, allowing deeper understanding of both the physical and biological components through our comprehensive degree. Through experimental design and research, both in the field and in laboratories, students learn to appreciate the complex biological and physical interactions that occur in our coastal and offshore marine ecosystems and gain practical experience through field trips (including multiple field camps) and computer based labs.
The Masters component of the course enables students to Students strengthen their quantitative skills and application of science into industry practice and management. Students will have access to world-leading facilities at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) and will be learning from internationally recognised experts to help give them the best opportunities to kick start their career. This combined degree is the ultimate multi- and interdisciplinary learning environment that will best place students to continue a pathway into research via a PhD or pursue a career in a marine related discipline after graduation.
- Course code
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- School of Biological Sciences
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Renae Hovey
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- 192 points comprising 32 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time
- Delivery mode
- Standard full-time completion
- 4 years
- Standard part-time completion
- 8 years (maximum 12 years)
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Majors available
MJD-MARDM Marine Science
- Master programs available
74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
- Minors available
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
1. These rules are the Bachelor of Marine Science and Master of Marine Biology Degree Combined Course Rules.
2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.
English Language competency requirements
5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(a) achieved an ATAR of at least 90, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and meet the additional requirements stated at (2) below
(b) a direct pathway offer;
(c) a place in a relevant UWA access program.
(2) A scaled mark of at least 50 in (ATAR Mathematics Methods or equivalent, ATAR Mathematics Applications or ATAR Chemistry) or equivalent or higher.
Admission ranking and selection
7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
8.(1) A student enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UWA may apply to transfer into this combined degree course if they satisfy the following conditions:
(a) the student has not commenced their final semester of enrolment in their current course;
(b) the course transfer is undertaken within the two transfer windows in each academic year;
(c) there are no quotas preventing the student from enrolling in a major or unit in which the student seeks to enrol; and
(2) the student has completed a minimum of 48 points of study in their current course and achieved a WAM of at least 65
9.(1) The Combined Bachelor's and Master's degree consists of 192 credit points (normally 32 units), comprising:
(a) 120 credit points (normally 20 units) of an undergraduate component, including:
(i) no more than 60 credit points (normally 10 units) at Level 1; and
(ii) at least 60 credit points (normally 10 units) at Level 2 and Level 3, including at least 18 credit points (normally 3 units) at Level 3; and
(iii) the degree-specific major: MJD-MARDM Marine Science
(iv) any relevant foundation units.
(b) a postgraduate component, including at least 72 credit points (normally 12 units) completed at Level 4 and Level 5.
(2) A student enrolled in this combined degree course must complete all requirements of the 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902), subject to any restrictions specified in these rules.
(3) Students may choose to undertake an additional major and/or up to two minors from any undergraduate degree, provided the student will be able to complete all nominated majors and minors within 192 credit points.
10.(1) This course has the following exit award:
- Bachelor of Marine Science (Advanced)
(2) A student who withdraws from this Combined Degree Course before completing it, but after completing a minimum of 144 points of study, comprising 120 credit points of undergraduate study at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 and at least 24 credit points of study at Level 4 and/or Level 5 may apply to the School to be awarded the exit awards mentioned in (1).
11.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.
(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.
(4) Students must meet any additional progress requirements set out in the rules for the 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) course.
12.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';
(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';
(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(1).
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).