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Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

Are you a lover of the ocean? A passionate conservationist who wants to make sure our marine environment is sustained for years to come? Australia is home to some of the most unique and diverse coastlines and marine ecosystems in the world and we need to make sure they remain protected. By understanding the conservation and management issues they face – such as climate change, pollution and overfishing – we can help find solutions to these problems. When you study a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science you’ll be learning from experts in marine, coastal and ecological fields – giving you practical skills to make a difference to our world. Through professional pathways, students can tailor their program to meet their career aspirations.

Areas of study

Animal biology, biodiversity and conservation, coastal and surface processes, coastal infrastructure, environmental regulation, geography, politics and policy.

Career opportunities

Animal biologist, botanist, conservationist/ecologist, geographer, marine biologist, oceanographer.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for membership of a range of professional bodies including the Australian Marine Sciences Association and the Australian Coral Reef Society.

Practical experience

You’ll have access to world-class facilities and participate in lab work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in work-integrated learning and gain recognised certifications such as a boat license, radio operator license, and drone and remotely operated vehicle operation. Together this learning will ensure you have skills that are highly sort after by industry and government.

Honours

Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced.

Recommended studies: One or more of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.