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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Marine Biology)

Explore the living marine world.

We are the only marine biology degree in South Australia to offer specialised topics in each year of the course. You will get a broad understanding of the biology of marine organisms, their relationships with the physico-chemical marine environment, and their potential responses to changes. The degree provides you with the ability to acquire extensive knowledge in marine biodiversity, ecology, genetics, conservation, fisheries and related areas, and builds transferable skills.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $36,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia


Assumed knowledge:


IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 50
CRICOS code: 074778D
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Marine Biology at Flinders

  • Learn from several internationally eminent marine biologists and oceanographers undertaking world-class research on current issues in marine science.
  • Many opportunities to participate in marine-based fieldwork, including field trips to different marine bioregions and work with industry.
  • Focus on global environmental issues related to the oceans and marine life.
  • Combines cutting-edge technical and theoretical knowledge with flexibility, allowing you to tailor your progress, skills and knowledge to suit your interests.

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Develop research techniques including fieldwork, survey design, statistical analysis, spatial data analysis (including geographic information systems), and other forms of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Learn to retrieve, synthesise and communicate information, as well as managing data and drawing on different sources of knowledge.
  • Undertake a negotiated project area based on your interests, such as a literature study, field or laboratory investigation, modelling or data analysis study, or an industry or simulated work integrated learning assignment

What you will need

As part of the degree, you will be expected to perform tasks requiring walking and manual dexterity in field and laboratory situations.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


The range of specialty areas and career opportunities are expansive. There are marine biologists who study the basic biochemistry of marine organisms, or the growth or behaviour of individual plants or animals. Some adopt an even larger perspective and study how entire marine ecosystems function.

Potential occupations include:

  • marine biologist
  • fisheries scientist
  • marine policy officer
  • marine parks scientist
  • marine parks manager.

Potential employers include:

  • federal and state government departments and agencies
  • coastal and marine industries
  • environmental groups and consultancies
  • fisheries
  • oil and gas companies
  • research and development organisations
  • tourism
  • water authorities.