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Play your part in protecting our marine ecosystems

Our oceans cover 70 per cent of the surface of the earth and are some of the most poorly understood ecosystems on the planet. This massive natural resource is also under constant pressures of our modern, coastal society. With complex issues such as global climate change, food production, tourism, oil, gas and mineral extraction, and waste management, the need for highly trained and specialised marine science professionals continues to grow.

Griffith's Bachelor of Marine Science has a broad interdisciplinary approach, encompassing biology, chemistry and quantitative physical science. With a focus on practical experience you will build your knowledge and understanding of ocean ecosystems, in and out of the classroom.

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Study marine biology at Griffith

The Heron Island experience

Study outside the classroom

Griffith's Gold Coast campus has easy access to extensive natural and artificial waterways, iconic surf beaches and the diverse wetlands and coastal biodiversity of Moreton Bay - it is the perfect natural laboratory.

Essential practical experience

You will build your knowledge and understanding of ocean ecosystems and benefit from Griffith's highly regarded teaching and research strengths. You'll understand what's needed to ensure that marine industries prosper sustainably in healthy marine ecosystems. As a graduate, you will be equipped to tackle problems that affect our oceans, tourism, fisheries and food production, climate change, maritime pollution and waste management.

Amazing research opportunities

Our Griffith science students have opportunities to be involved with amazing real life projects. The Griffith Sea Jellies Research Lab is a unique collaboration between Sea World and Griffith University. Our state-of-the-art laboratory, specially designed for studying sea jellies, is located within Sea World’s ‘Sea Jellies Illuminated’ exhibit and is on display to the public. The laboratory provides fantastic opportunities for studying sea jellies and for engaging the public in scientific research.

Study your way

You can create your course timetable to fit in with your job or your travel plans, just ask us how. With the flexibility of studying part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters, you have choices.

5-Star rated

Science at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality by the Good Universities Guide 2020, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Rachel Janes

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Marine Biology

“Studying at Griffith University was absolutely the right thing for me. I learned key research skills that continue to help me in my career and the people are just so passionate about it. One of the highlights for me was our field trip to Heron Island – it’s those sorts of experiences that shape your life.”

Rachel Janes

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

Our marine graduates find employment around Australia and internationally in a wide range of industries that use and protect our marine environment. Career options include: marine biologist, environmental consultant, pollution control and mitigation, fisheries and aquaculture, modelling and meteorology, oceanographer, coastal planning and marine parks, marine education and tourism, environmental assessment and planning.

Not all science graduates work as scientists - the transferrable skills and methodology developed through your degree provide a springboard to any career where critical thinking, the ability to analyse and investigate new information and evidenced-based decision making are valued.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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16 Apr 2021

Griffith rowers into key World Cup Simulation Regatta 

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07 Apr 2021

Star students appointed Gold Coast Mayor’s Ambassadors

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Key dates

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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