Master of Marine Science and Management 8271

Program Code 8271



The Master of Marine Science & Management (MMSM) is a 12 to 18 month full-time program depending on the grant of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  It is normally taken as a 72 unit of credit program, full-time or part-time. The program can be taken in 48 UOC (1 year full-time equivalent) subject to RPL (e.g. a Batchelor of Science (Honours) or equivalent industry experience).

The Program is aimed at both domestic and international students interested in the interdisciplinary field of marine science and management. Topics in marine science include coastal management and engineering, climate change, marine ecology and conservation, physical oceanography and modelling.

The Master of Marine Science and Management is a joint program between UNSW and three Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) partner universities. The capstone course (MSCI6681 Topics in Australian Marine Science) is a tutorial and seminar series jointly taught at SIMS at Chowder Bay, based around the analysis of data-streams from the Integrated Marine Observing System (  Students enrol in the program at UNSW, but complete 3 courses (18 UOC) at the partner universities. 



  1. To give students a broad background in key discipline areas of marine science;
  2. To give students familiarity with cutting edge research in marine science and management;
  3. To allow for specialization in a discipline area of choice;
  4. To provide diversity of essential skills relevant to marine science, management and environmental science;
  5. To provide students with skills to interface effectively with policy makers, government and industry;
  6. To provide students with a platform to pursue further postgraduate research opportunities in a world class marine Institute.
  7. To provide marine science graduates with improved numerical and statistical skills, spreadsheet analyses, and interpretation of model outputs 



The MMSM consists of 72 units of credit (UOC) comprised of the following:

  • 24 UoC of compulsory core courses undertaken at UNSW
  • 48 UoC of directed electives taken at UNSW OR
  • At least 30 UoC of directed electives taken at UNSW with up to 18 UoC of electives taken at the three SIMS partner universities (University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, and Macquarie University).  

These courses may be taken in any order, full-time or part-time, starting in either T1 or T3.

Students may study up to 18 UoC of stage 3 GEOS courses listed in Directed Electives

Compulsory Core Courses

Students must complete the following 24 UoC:

  • MSCI6681 Topics in Australian Marine Science
  • MSCI5005 Topics in Marine Science
  • MSCI9001 Conserv. In Aquatic Ecosystems 
  • MSCI5004 Oceanographic Processes

Directed Electives

Students must complete at least 30 UoC from the following list of approved electives:

(Note: not all courses are offered every semester or every year)

  • BEES5001 Topics in Biological Science (6 UOC) - phasing out, do not enrol
  • BEES5002 Topics in Ecological Science (6 UOC) - phasing out, do not enrol
  • BEES5003 Topics in Geography (6 UOC) - phasing out, do not enrol
  • BEES5004 Topics in Geology (6 UOC) - phasing out, do not enrol
  • BEES5041Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Management (6 UOC) NEW COURSE
  • BIOS6671 Biodiv. & Cons. of Nat. Res. (6 UOC)
  • BIOS9231 Research Internship in marine & terrestrial conservation (12 UOC)
  • CHEM7123 Environmental Toxicology (6 UOC)
  • CVEN9620 Channels, Rivers & Estuaries (6 UOC)
  • GEOS3731 Coastal Geomorphology/Coastal Processes and Hazards (6 UOC)
  • GEOS3761 Environmental Change (6 UOC)
  • GEOS3921 Coastal Resource Management (6 UOC)
  • GEOS9011 Environmental Impact Assess't (6 UOC)
  • GEOS9012 Remote Sensing Applications (6 UOC)
  • GEOS9016 Principles of Geog Inf Systems (6 UOC)
  • GEOS9017 Adv. Geographic Info. Systems (6 UOC)
  • GEOS9019 Special Topic in GIS (6 UOC)
  • IEST7200 Environmental Law Fundamentals (6 UOC)
  • LAWS8086 Law of the Sea (6 UOC)
  • LAWS8366 Environmental Markets (6 UOC)
  • MATH5285 Fluids, Oceans and Climate (6 UOC)
  • MICR9071 Marine Microbiology (6 UOC)
  • IEST5008 Ecosystem Management (6 UOC)
  • IEST7500 Env. Eng Fundamentals (6 UOC)
  • IEST5002: Tools for Environmental Management (6 UOC)
  • IEST7100: Environmental Management: Economics Fundamentals (6 UOC)
  • IEST6909 Environmental Mngt Systems
  • IEST6911 Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions,

 Electives from SIMS partner universities

 Students must complete 18 UoC from at least two of the three SIMS partner universities. Information about courses available at the partner universities can be found at the following links:

University of Technology Sydney

The University of Sydney

Macquarie University



The entry requirement for the MMSM is one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 or greater; or equivalent. The BSc. degree may be in Science any discipline;
  • A Bachelor of Science Honours degree in any Science discipline;
  • A Bachelor of Science degree with a WAM of 50-65 (or equivalent) plus at least five years professional experience in a relevant field of marine science and environmental science.

 Students are expected to have completed undergraduate level statistical analysis before commencing this program. Students who do not have this knowledge will be required to enrol into BEES5041 Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Management as one of their directed electives.

 Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience not listed above may apply for admission to this program. In accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition of Prior Learning, applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry into this program. This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other context which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program.

Recognition of Prior Learning/Advanced Standing

Students with an Honours degree (AQF Level 8) in science may be eligible for up to 24 UOC of advanced standing, depending upon numerical literacy and background in marine science. These students will then need to complete 48 UOC of courses to complete the program which includes 24 UOC of compulsory core courses, 12 UOC of directed electives at UNSW and 12 UOC of electives at two of the partner universities. Advanced standing will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Program Coordinator. 


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SEE ALSO (the Sydney Institute of Marine Science) (the Integrated Marine Observing System)