Research Higher Degrees

At IMAS our graduate students are the lifeblood of a thriving culture of inquiry. Our students are involved in exciting projects across the full spectrum of marine, Southern Ocean, and Antarctic research, including but not limited to:

We provide numerous pre-approved PhD projects as well as the opportunity to develop projects in consultation with researchers across all areas of IMAS.

Graduate students are encouraged to utilise expertise and facilities across all three IMAS campuses: Hobart, Launceston, and Taroona.

Joint CSIRO-UTAS PhD Program (hosted by IMAS)

Quantitative Marine Science

In Australia and overseas, there is a clear demand from government agencies, research institutions and industry for marine scientists with high level quantitative (mathematical and computational) skills and training. CSIRO and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) have developed the CSIRO-UTAS PhD Program in Quantitative Marine Science (QMS) to address this need and offer an exciting and innovative postgraduate opportunity, where students have access to the fantastic infrastructure and over 100 scientists working in the two institutes.

Now in its 10th year, the QMS program has funded 59 students to undertake research projects that apply mathematics and statistics to marine science problems of local, national, regional and global significance.

QMS graduates are employed in Government agencies and research institutions worldwide.

Research Higher Degrees

IMAS currently supports around 150 Research Higher Degree candidates in our Masters and PhD programs - candidates come from around the world to work alongside our team of internationally-recognised academics. If you have an interest that falls within one of our research themes, see what other projects we have pre-approved. Alternatively, you could develop a new project in consultation with a potential supervisor. The project will fall under one of our research themes:

  • Ecology and biodiversity;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Oceans and cryosphere;
  • Climate change;
  • Ocean-Earth interactions; and
  • Oceans policy, law and governance.



"UTAS may not be big, but it is not small either. You will make many friends here from many countries and have many wonderful experiences."


I did my undergraduate degree in marine biology, with a focus on abalone, at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, Indonesia. My Masters project at IMAS is also focussed on abalone. I am looking at the protein digestibility of commercial feed and testing it on two species at three different temperature levels.


Studying at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies is helping me to get one step closer to my dream of establishing a commercially viable abalone aquaculture industry in Indonesia.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
28 February, 2022