Honours in Marine Science

As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research related to the structure and/or functioning of the marine ecosystem (Marine Biology Specialisation) or the physical processes that operate in the ocean and shape our coastline (Coastal and Oceans Specialisation). Research projects are offered across a wide range of topics spanning marine conservation, fisheries management, oceanography, coastal management, and ocean observing. Depending on the project you may collect data yourself or analyse previously collected data. In doing so you will acquire skills in critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, scientific writing and public presentation. This will equip you for entry into postgraduate research programs or workplaces such as environmental consultancies or local and national government agencies.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake independent research, including design, data collection and analysis, into an aspect of the marine environment; (2) develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and risk assessment as they plan and execute their research project; and (3) communicate ideas, concepts and research findings clearly, effectively and appropriately via written, verbal and visual methods.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Marine Science major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours in Marine Science can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

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

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

Take all units (30 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) SPC-Botany
or
SPC-Conservation Biology
or
SPC-Zoology
or
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4 (ID 6632)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And Unit(s) BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629) And BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3 (ID 6630)
Incompatibility:
Nil
Students in the Marine Biology Specialisation take SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences and students in the Coastal and Oceans Specialisation take EART4415 Coastal Hazards and Adaptation:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or
HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or
Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science
or
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I
or
Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
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
NSGEOS4413Climate Geoscience
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-GEOGY Geology
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
72550 Master of Geoscience
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73540 Master of Petroleum Geoscience
or
71590 Master of Oceanography
or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/APLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or
HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or
Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil