Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology and Aquaculture

Flinders University

Aquaculture/Marine Biology is available as a double specialisation in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours). Marine biology is the study of the living world in the sea, from the simple molecules that support life, to mammals and to entire marine ecosystems. Aquaculture is applied science at the most practical level - and is more than just fish farming. It includes research and production of animals such as oysters, crayfish, and even aquatic plants such as seaweed. This double specialisation is an opportunity for students to gain specialised skills in both marine biology and aquaculture. Students will gain a broad based foundation in science together with practical and theoretical skills. An understanding of marine organisms, their relationships with the marine environment and responses to change will be examined.

Course Fee:

International: $98,700

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent qualifications; mature age entry (STAT); TAFE/VET qualifications; higher education transfers or completion of a foundation studies program.


This degree comprises core (compulsory) topics in Marine Biology and Aquaculture. Students will gain a broad based foundation in science together with practical and theoretical skills. An understanding of marine organisms, their relationships with the marine environment and responses to change will be examined. Studies will be in areas such as animal diversity, genetics, conservation, fisheries, ecology, coasts and oceans, aquaculture nutrition and water quality, aquaculture systems and technology, business planning, and aquaculture reproduction, health and quality. Students complete a Biology research project in a research laboratory or field placement and have the opportunity to apply knowledge they have gained in the degree. Another practically orientated component in the degree is in the development of a public conservation plan or environmental impact study which puts theoretical knowledge into a societal setting.

Subjects you can Study:

Aquaculture; Marine Biology, Diversity, Genetics, Conservation, Fisheries, Ecology, Coasts and Oceans.

Study Pathways:

Admission to an honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. Refer to Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Further information:

The Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Aquaculture) may also be studied in a combined degree program with another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineering where the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park 64.95 Yes Full time 3 years
Bedford Park 64.95 Yes Part time 6 years


Globally focused and locally engaged, Flinders University is making a difference through innovative research, excellence in teaching and learning, and exceptional student experience.

Why study with us

Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Flinders’ research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, defence, engineering, water and environment.  Its research contributions are rich and growing, with some 90 per cent ranked at or above world class[4]. 

Facilities and services

In 2020 Flinders Train Station will open, connecting Flinders’ main campus to Tonsley. The adjacent Flinders Village development has commenced, to add further research facilities and student accommodation amid shops and other amenities in a thriving urban centre.

Whether you’re enjoying the leafy surrounds of the Bedford Park campus, immersed in the CBD at Victoria Square or contemplating the industries of the future at our state-of-the-art Tonsley facility, Flinders prides itself on offering students a great on-campus experience.

There’s also the option to study online, giving you the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever you’re located.

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Admission and election

Whether you are a Year 12 student, a non-school leaver wanting to start your university studies or you want to further your university studies, we offer a range of pathways to gain admission into Flinders.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered for some 26,000 students. Flinders’ 5,400 international students come from more than 90 countries, with main campus featuring onsite accommodation for 560 students and an international pathways centre.

With our globally recognised degrees, vibrant campuses, exceptional teachers and strong industry connections, you’ll get all the support you need to build a great career.

We understand everyone has different needs at different times across their university journey. From before you apply and throughout your studies, the Flinders team is here to help with enrolment and academic advice, health and well-being support, social engagement advice and more.

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Study options

Whether you’re beginning your university journey, upskilling or changing careers, Flinders gives you the chance to develop practical, real-world skills geared towards a successful career. Our industry links, job placement opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program have helped us become South Australia’s number one university for starting salary.

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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