Master of Ocean Leadership (coursework)

The Master of Oceans Leadership prepares graduates from a range of fields for ocean-related leadership positions. Graduates will be equipped with skills and knowledge across marine science, ocean engineering, marine management, law, policy and governance to enable them to work in a range of government, industry and non-governmental sectors. Strategic leadership and management expertise will be developed of relevance to activities to conserve and utilise ocean environments and resources, and to implement solutions for the future of our coasts and seas. By teaching students about multi-, inter-, trans- and cross-disciplinarity, as well as strategic leadership, it will equip graduates to work in multi-disciplinary contexts and lead and contribute to effective teams. It offers an opportunity for individuals to grow professionally and personally through student-centred teaching approaches and multi-disciplinary learning.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Ocean Leadership (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MOL
Course code
62540
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
Oceans Graduate School
CRICOS code
096270F

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Ocean Leadership has the following exit awards: 62240 Graduate Certificate in Ocean Leadership (24 points) (24 points), 62340 Graduate Diploma in Ocean Leadership (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Marco Ghisalberti
Fees
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.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
NSEART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71590 Master of Oceanography or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership or HON-MARSC Marine Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 x 4 hour blocks of contact hours per week for six weeks; up to 2 x one day fieldtrips
NSLAWS5179Law of the Sea
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Teaching dates for this unit are 4,7,11,14 October. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSOCEN4003Strategic Leadership for the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2OCEN4005The Indian Ocean Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSOCEN4006Working with Multiple Disciplines
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures and turorials: 65 hours
NSOCEN5001Ocean Data Analysis
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
NSOCEN5002Ocean Engineering and Technology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Take units to the value of 48 points from Group A or Group B, including at least 36 points at Level 5.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
S2BIOL5504Sex in the Sea
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) and Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211) or equivalent or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Incompatibility:
Nil
one day per week for six weeks
S1, S2BUSN5100Applied Professional Business Communications
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
WACE/TEE English or equivalent or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ECONS Economics or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or HON-ECNPF Professional Economics or 61550 Master of Professional Engineering or 42330 Graduate Diploma in Economics or 42620 Master of Economics or 42580 Master of Public Policy or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour; labs: 1 hour (4 hours/week for 12 weeks)
S2ECON5001Economic Development in Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 42620 Master of Economics or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71550 Master of International Development or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials/labs: 4 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership and Successful completion of one Unit(s) ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1 or Unit(s) ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets or Unit(s) ECON1102 Macroeconomics: Money and Finance or Unit(s) ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
S2ECON5516The Economics of Public Policy
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1ENVE4405Ecological Engineering and Nature-based Solutions
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or Master of Ocean Leadership or Master of Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours. This includes podcasts for viewing and reading to be undertaken prior to attending one compulsory 3-hour workshop per week where students will be contributing to interactive discussions together with practical lab work using GIS software. Completion of the practical workshop labs is necessary to enable skills for completing written unit assessment. Independent learning is required throughout the unit.
S1, S2GENG5505Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Data Science or the Master of Ocean Leadership or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 26 hours; practical classes: 13 hours
N/AGEOG5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
2 hours per week
N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
This unit will next run in 2023.
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy, the unit LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended as a pre-requisite for students who do not have a legal background.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 13-15 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5589Energy Regulation: Sustainable Oil and Gas and Alternative Energy Production
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 5-7 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT5526 Principles for Responsible Management
Up to 6 hours per week which may include seminars/lectures/workshops/dedicated meeting time with the unit coordinator as well as self-directed learning. Delivery of this unit is over two days per week and may include some Saturday sessions.
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1, S2MGMT5526Principles for Responsible Management
Prerequisites:
any six units in the Master of Commerce (41680) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT5506 Ethics and Sustainability Management
Up to 6 hours per week which may include seminars/lectures/workshops/dedicated meeting time with the unit coordinator as well as self-directed learning. Delivery of this unit is over two days per week and may include some Saturday sessions.
S1MGMT5660Applied Project Management
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MGMT5665 Project Management
lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1MKTG5503Enterprise and Innovation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops/seminars: total of 36 hours over 8 weeks
S2MKTG5604Technology Commercialisation
Prerequisites:
MKTG5503 Enterprise and Innovation or enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MKTG5603 Management of Technology and Innovation
lectures/seminars: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours)
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
One day a week over six weeks.
NSPOLS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5214 Public Policy
Seminars for this unit are delivered intensively
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Seminars: delivered intensively
NSPOLS5661International Relations: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5681Governance in the International System
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 18 hours

Take unit notes as per the sequences notes in Group A.

Note: units in Group B have pre-requisites.

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or Of BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a cost of up to 0 to the student, plus up to four days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, up to 100 of which are contact hours.
S2CIVL5505Design of Offshore Energy Facilities
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or enrolment in the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1ENVE4403Fluid Transport, Mixing and Dispersion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 per week; practical sessions: 2 per week; laboratories: two 3-hour sessions per semester
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70630 Master of Science or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
one full day per week for six consecutive weeks (the total workload for the unit is 150 hours)
S1GENG5501Coastal and Offshore Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2130 Hydraulics I, or ENSC3010 Hydraulics, or ENVE2602 Environmental Fluid Mechanics. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2GENG5506Renewable Energy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation, or Mining Engineering specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHPR4403 Future Energy
lectures and practical classes
S1, S2GENG5507Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering or the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management or the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2 hour per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
S2OCEN4007Renewable Ocean Energy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Renewable and Future Energy or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas or the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Oceanography. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Program Chair and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
For Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation): GENG5506 Renewable Energy
lectures: 3 x 45 mins per week; practical classes: 2 x 1 hrs per week; labs: 3 hours every third week
S1, S2OCEN5511Ocean Leadership Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
48 points of Level 4/Level 5 units in the Master of Ocean Leadership
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
S1, S2OCEN5512Ocean Leadership Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
OCEN5511 Research Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course 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).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. 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.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 62240 Graduate Certificate in Ocean Leadership (24 points)
  • 62340 Graduate Diploma in Ocean Leadership (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ocean Leadership course before completing it, but after completing Level 4 and Level 5 units to the value of 24 points,, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Ocean Leadership.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Ocean Leadership course before completing it, but after completing Level 4 and Level 5 units to the value of 48 points,, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Ocean Leadership.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. 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.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. 10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances:

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 6 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 6.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Deferrals

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).