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The Master of Marine Science & Management (MMarScMgt) is a 12 to 18 month full-time program depending on 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 Bachelor 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 compulsory 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 have the option to complete up to 3 courses (18 UOC) at the partner universities.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.7 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Marine Science and Management - MMarScMgt



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Program Structure

Students must complete 72 UOC as a standalone program.

The MMarScMgt consists of 72 UOC comprised of the following:
- 24 UOC of compulsory Core Courses undertaken at UNSW
- 48 UOC of directed electives from the list on the Handbook. Students may take up to 18 UOC of electives at the three SIMS partner universities (University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, and Macquarie University).  Students may take up to 18 UOC of stage 3 courses from the list.  

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Prescribed Electives

Prescribed Electives description.

Students must take at least 30 UOC, up to a maximum of 48 UOC of the following courses.

Electives (at SIMS Partner Universities)

Students may complete up to 18 UOC from at least two of the three Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) partner universities; University of Technology Sydney, the University of Sydney and Macquarie University.

Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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