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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Marine Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Grafton Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Programme overview

Pursue advanced study in your specialist area with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Extend your knowledge with coursework or try a project or dissertation as part of your diploma – the option is yours. The PGDipSci offers a pathway toward masters and doctoral study.

Summer School will start in January.

Postgraduate study in Marine Science is your opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in this fascinating field. Marine Science is as diverse as the environments and species that exist in the marine habitat. You can focus your study on topics such as:

  • Biochemistry and physiology of marine organisms
  • Biogeography
  • Enhancement of aquaculture and fisheries
  • Functioning of estuarine and marine ecosystems
  • Management and conservation

Subject structure

  • 15 points:
    • MARINE 701 Current Issues in Marine Science
  • 15 points from:
    • BIOSCI 761 MSc Thesis Proposal
    • CHEM 795 Research Methods in Chemistry
    • ENVSCI 701 Research Practice in Environmental Science
  • 90 points from 700 courses in related subjects:
    • Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Geography, Geophysics
  • Including at least 30 points from:
    • BIOSCI 724 Marine Ecology
    • BIOSCI 725 Ecological Physiology
    • BIOSCI 727 Aquaculture
    • BIOSCI 733 Molecular Ecology and Evolution
    • BIOSCI 738 Advanced Biological Data Analysis
    • BIOSCI 739 Dialogues in Biology
    • BIOSCI 749 Ecology of Microbial Interactions
    • CHEM 770 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
    • EARTHSCI 720 Geochemistry of our World
    • ENVMGT 742 Social Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
    • ENVMGT 744 Resource Management
    • ENVSCI 702 Applied Estuarine Ecology
    • ENVSCI 704 Modelling of Environmental Systems
    • ENVSCI 714 Water Quality Science
    • FOODSCI 703 Food Processing
    • FOODSCI 708 Advanced Food Science
    • GEOG 730 Climate Change: Past, Present and Future
    • GEOG 746 Applied Coastal Geomorphology
    • GEOG 748 Current Issues in Coastal Management
    • GEOG 771 Spatial Analysis and Geocomputation
    • GEOPHYS 711 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
    • GEOPHYS 712 Climate Dynamics
    • GEOPHYS 713 Turbulent Processes in Climate
    • GEOPHYS 761 Subsurface Imaging with Seismic and Radar Waves
    • MARINE 702 Field Techniques in Marine Science
    • MARINE 703 Marine Protected Areas
    • MARINE 704 Special Topic: Science Communication for Marine Scientists
    • MARINE 705 Special Topic
    • STATS 767 Topics in Multivariate Analysis
    • Or any other courses approved by the programme coordinator.

Further study options

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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