Master of Science - Marine Biology and Ecology

James Cook University

Program Description

Master of Science - Marine Biology and Ecology

James Cook University

Master of Science - Marine Biology and Ecology

Marine Biology at JCU excels in the study of tropical shallow water marine systems with emphasis on coral reefs and surrounding waters, seagrass, mangrove assemblages and the adjacent sandy and rocky shores.Marine biology is the study of organisms in the marine environment.

Who is this course for?

You will develop expertise in marine ecology, conservation biology, and the biology, life history and taxonomy of tropical marine organisms. This is a flexible course offering you a range of electives so you can tailor a study program to meet your professional needs and interests.

How you will study

Preliminary coursework subjects are offered in the main study periods. Many subjects involve independent research projects and field trips. More advanced subjects are offered by block mode, which are 2-week intensive sessions on campus or at JCU’s research stations.

Coursework programs are flexible, with a range of electives available. Students devise a study program to meet their professional goals, in consultation with the course coordinator. Programs may contain a research component, if approved.

Why JCU?

TheSchool of Marine and Tropical Biologyteaches this course. The School is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics.

  • Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences
  • dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma

  • more tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world

  • teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.


Career Opportunities

A postgraduate qualification from JCU can enhance your career prospects, enable you to reskill and change careers completely, or develop a specialist area of expertise and personal interest.


A range of opportunities await graduates in the academia as well as in private and public sectors.


Graduates with BSc Honours of Masters can get jobs as research assistants or support staff for teaching. With a PhD, you can gain research positions (Postdoctoral, Fellowships) that are often funded for a few years or apply for permanent positions as a lecturer and researcher.


In the private sector, opportunities exist for biologists and conservationists working for non-governmental organisations (e.g. Nature Conservation Agency), environmental officers in companies and environmental consultants (a real growth area of the industry).


In the public sector, employment may be found at multiple levels – federal institutions, state level, or local government – such as in the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Environment Protection Authorities (EPA), Councils, Trusts, to name a few.

Course structure

Core subjects

  • MB5004:03 Marine Conservation Biology
  • MB5160:03 Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes or MB5190:03 Coral Reef Ecology or MB5400:03 Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
  • MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design or MB5230:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies
  • SC5055:03 Research Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences

Options Select 6 credit points (2 subjects) from the following level 5 science subjects:

  • BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science
  • BZ5220:03 Population and Community Ecology
  • BZ5440:03 Ecology and Conservation
  • BZ5640:03 Marine Plants and Algae in their Environment
  • EV5203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
  • EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • MB5070:03 Marine Evolution and Biogeography
  • MB5160:03 Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes
  • MB5190:03 Coral Reef Ecology
  • MB5230:03 Design and Analyses in Ecological Studies
  • MB5300:03 Sampling and Experimental Design
  • MB5350:03 Current Issues in Coral Reef Ecology
  • MB5380:03 Invertebrate Biology
  • MB5400:03 Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
  • MB5430:03 Behaviour of Marine Animals
  • MB5550:03 Biology of Reef Corals

PLUS Select 18 credit points of any level 5AQ,BC,BZ,EV,MB,MI,TOorTVsubjects. This list includes research options.

CRICOS code:074894M

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2017
Feb. 2017
Duration
Duration
3 semesters
Full time
Price
Price
27,500 AUD
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Deadline
Start date July 2017
Place
Australia Townsville, Queensland
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Duration 3 semesters
Price 27,500 AUD
AUD$27,500 per year
Start date Feb. 2017
Place
Australia Townsville, Queensland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 3 semesters
Price 27,500 AUD
AUD$27,500 per year
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