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Coastal and Marine Science

Coastal and Marine Science (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major


Coastal and Marine Major (BAdvSci) (Honours)


In the Coastal and Marine major (BAdvSci) (Honours) you will study Marine Science with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management.

Coastal and Marine Science


Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

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The need to sustain Australia's marine environment is more important than ever as we face an uncertain future driven by climate change, increasing resource extraction and coastal development. A strong scientific understanding of the complexities of these sensitive ecosystems is developed alongside the skills to apply relevant practical and technological tools toward their sustainable management.

In this major you'll study marine science with an emphasis on marine biology, oceanographic sciences and resource management. Fields of study include biology, sustainable aquaculture, environmental impact assessment, marine taxonomy/biodiversity, marine ecology, geomorphology and the physical environment of the coastal zone.

The curriculum focuses on Australian marine ecosystems; however, international case studies are incorporated. This degree is an opportunity to meet the need for increased research into coastal environments while managing the sustainability of current and future anthropogenic activities within marine and coastal systems.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying marine science, with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

The major culminates in a capstone experience in which you'll have the opportunity to pursue marine science projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

The course provides opportunities in second and third year to undertake internal and external internships and immersive work experience (sourced by the student) that can be used for course credit.

Students in this course gain a practical experience through a range of field-based experiences in marine environments. Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.

Student experience

The Curtin Coastal and Marine Science course has been designed with industry input to deliver a learning experience focused on developing scientific and marine research skills. The course is delivered by staff actively researching a variety of fields including fish ecology, coral reef ecology, marine pollution, coastal geomorphology, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The result is a dynamic and engaging learning environment in which teaching is informed by current research. Our students are challenged to think as marine scientists, developing their initiative and intellectual curiosity to help understand and protect the marine environment.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • The majors in Curtin’s Advanced Science (Honours) are unique in Western Australia in their combination of discipline focus, capacity to specialise within that discipline or pursue other interests, and research and work experience within the course. You'll have a distinctive set of skills and experience that lay the foundation for a career as a scientist able to work across the range of ‘science’ jobs: from pure research to translational and entrepreneurial science.
  • Graduates are sought in numerous industries and organisations due to their specialist science training, critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • You'll have extensive fieldwork opportunities, including a 7-day project-based field trip to WA’s northwest.
  • You'll have opportunities to network with researchers active in a wide range of marine science specialities including geomorphology, marine ecology, ecotoxicology and aquaculture.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates from this major will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Marine Science Association, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Career information


  • Aquaculturalist
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Environmental officer
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Marine scientist
  • Natural resource manager


  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal management
  • Ecotourism
  • Fisheries
  • Marine conservation
  • Pollution control

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, and an advanced knowledge in coastal and marine science enabling the ability to contribute new knowledge to the field.
  • Critically analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in marine science, address them by applying practical and theoretical tools; critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge.
  • Access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own work.
  • Communicate approaches and solutions, ideas and findings to informed professional scientific and industry audiences.
  • Use established and emerging technologies related to marine science and apply them within the context of the profession.
  • Engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in marine science.
  • Participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems; demonstrate compliance with international ethical and professional standards.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact research in marine science or the broader profession.
  • Be able to work as an independent marine scientist and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of marine science.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADCMS
  • Last updated on: 04/08/2022