Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)

The University of Adelaide

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

Marine Biology is all about the largest and most diverse ecosystem on the planet - the sea. It is strange that the planet is named Earth when most of it is sea, and stranger that many graduates train in tropical seas when the bulk of jobs are in temperate (Antarctic to sub-tropical) seas. Most of Australia's population lives on temperate coasts. For this reason, this program prepares graduates for work on these coasts by demonstrating the problems and needs facing marine industry and conservation. Students of this program have access to staff whom are nationally and internationally acclaimed for research excellence. There is also a strong emphasis on providing students with field experience. Students use the same equipment that is used in pioneering research across the northern and southern hemispheres. This program prepares graduates for careers in marine biology via training in the use of coherent, logical procedures and rigorous experimental planning for practical work in the field and laboratory. There is demand for people with these skills in temperate marine biology.


Level 1 involves core studies in biology, geology and statistics. At subsequent levels, students study ecological and evolutionary biology courses that include marine biology components, as well as coastal management and specialised research methodology. At level 3, there are specific marine courses that cover the theoretical, practical and fieldwork aspects of marine biology.


  • Marine biology

Standard entry requirements

Assumed knowledge: Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies

Study pathways

Applications for Honours in Marine Biology can be made directly to the University.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
North Terrace International: $115,500
  • ATAR: 58
  • Full-time : 3 years

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