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 sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units from this group (36 points). Students commencing in semester 2 2021 must not take BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Science Research Development. BIOL4441 should be replaced with a level 4 or 5 option unit.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
N/ABIOL4441Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) SPC-Botany
Or
SPC-Conservation Biology
Or
SPC-Zoology
Or
Course Enrolment BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (ID 24)
Co-requisites:
Unit 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 Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 3
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
S1EART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71590 Master of Oceanography (ID 1901)
Or
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) SP-MARCO Marine and Coastal
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 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:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit ANIM3361 Animal Ecology (ID 1294)
Or
ENVT3363 Ecological Processes (ID 1290)
Or
SCIE3304 Field Techniques in Marine Science (ID 1284)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Or
71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390)
Or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275)
Or
GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1EART4415Coastal Hazards and Adaptation
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71590 Master of Oceanography (ID 1901)
Or
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) SP-MARCO Marine and Coastal
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
the Master of Science (70630)
or
the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
Master of Environmental Science (72530)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSGEOS4413Environmental Geoscience
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
or
the Master of Hydrogeology (72540)
or
the Master of Petroleum Geoscience (73540)
or
the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
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 a postgraduate course
or
honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
STAT2210 Biometrics 1
or
SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
or
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or
Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
Master of Biotechnology (71580)
or
Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil