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IMAS education delivers world-class study programs taught by internationally-recognised experts.

Students study a range of units relevant to the marine environment, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This teaching is informed by IMAS's research across six interdisciplinary themes

IMAS offers a signature undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, through the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology in Hobart. 

Following the integration of the National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability (NCMCRS) in Launceston IMAS now also offers in Launceston an applied translational degree in the marine environment: the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment)

Completion of either the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science or the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) can lead to Honours and other coursework and research programs offered by IMAS. 

Additionally, IMAS offers the specialist Associate Degree in Aquaculture and the generalist Associate Degree in Applied Science (Marine Environment). The latter course is specifically tailored for students not meeting the entry requirements for the BAppSc(MarEnv) and enables articulation into the BAppSc(MarEnv).

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Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

This degree will provide students with knowledge, competencies, skills and awareness of a broad variety of subjects under the over-arching theme of Marine and Antarctic Science. The degree takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines elements of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, oceanography and mathematics, integrating the natural sciences with management, policy and law. 

Areas of Study

The degree is offered in a number of streams (as detailed below), each of which offers a combination of compulsory units, directed choice units (for example, select a unit from three options), and student electives that can be chosen freely. 

Marine Biology:

This stream provides a rigorous education in plant science and zoology with a focus on the biology and ecology of marine organisms, such as algae, invertebrates, fish and mammals, and their dynamics in marine and Antarctic ecosystems. 

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Marine and Antarctic Governance: 

This stream will appeal to students with interests in science disciplines and applying those disciplines to the protection and preservation of the marine environment and maintaining Antarctica as a place of peace and science. 

View Marine and Antarctic Governance course structure

Physical Sciences: 

A further six streams combine marine and Antarctic units with specific instruction in aspects of science, as detailed in the course structures. In particular, the Physical Oceanography stream is designed to attract students at undergraduate level to consider career paths in marine research.

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Students can apply to change course streams and an assessment of the units which can be credited to the proposed new stream will be made. It should be noted that a change of streams, particularly after the first year of the course, may result in "left-over" units which do not count towards your degree. Please speak to the Course Coordinator or the Student Centre if you need further detail.

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Course Units:

Antarctic Studies KSA101

Marine and Antarctic Studies KSA102

Protecting Antarctica KSA201 

Introduction to Oceanography KSA205 

International Marine Management KSA302 

Advanced Oceanography KSA306 

Antarctic Ecology KSA307

Special Antarctic Project KSA310 

Our Changing Climate KGA320

Marine Resource Management and Conservation KSM201

Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems KSM202 

Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean KSM302 

Marine Research Project KSM303  

Modelling biological data KSM304

Aquatic Botany KSM305

Scientific Diving KSM306

Marine Ecology KSM308

Quantitative Methods in Biology KSM309


Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment)

The BAppSc(Marine environment) with its major specialisations (Aquaculture, Fisheries Management and Marine Conservation) gives an applied and translational science approach to an educational experience centred on the marine environment. It is an interdisciplinary degree that provides a broad exposure to the natural sciences, technology, economics, multi-stakeholder engagement, management, policy and governance. Focussed on ecologically sustainable development, the degree has a capstone unit in each specialisation so that students to learn how to apply interdisciplinary studies to solve complex real world problems. Graduates are able to contribute substantially to the sustainable management of the marine environment, thereby increasing the total quality of life as described in Australia's National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

In the Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment), the major areas of study encompass:

Marine Conservation:

Provides an interdisciplinary approach for developing science-based management tools to address complex interactions between a broad range of human activities and the marine environment. It has a strong focus on maintaining the world's marine ecosystems with graduates working in environmental conservation and management agencies.

Fisheries Management:

Focuses on the ecological sustainable development of marine fisheries, by addressing biological, economic, social, political and technological issues relating to ecosystem-based management of living marine resources. Graduates work in Australia and internationally in government and private industry, where they contribute to the conservation and management of wild-capture fisheries.


Integrates science (animal and plant biology, the aquatic environment) and technology with business and policy to develop leaders in this globally significant and growing industry. Graduates work in Australia and internationally in government and private industry, where they contribute to the sustainable development and management of aquaculture.

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