Master of Science in Fisheries Biology and Management

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Science in Fisheries Biology and Management

Study tropical, shallow water marine systems, and learn from staff who are experts in their field.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

James Cook University is a leading education and research centre for biology in the tropics.

  • Internationally-recognised undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs in biological sciences
  • dedicated research vessel, and research stations at Orpheus Island and Paluma
  • more tropical courses and subjects than any other institution in the world
  • teaching and research facilities including the Advanced Analytical Centre and the Aquaculture Research Facility.

Course overview

JCU’s programs in tropical marine ecology and fisheries biology are dedicated to the study of tropical, shallow water marine systems. There is an emphasis on whole organism biology, the ecology and biogeography of tropical marine organisms, and the evolutionary mechanisms that underlie their diversity.

Proximity to the Great Barrier Reef provides unparalleled opportunities for investigating ecological and evolutionary questions for reef fish, corals, and other marine organisms.

Students will develop their knowledge and skills in quantitative marine ecology, conservation biology, and the biology, life history and taxonomy of tropical marine organisms. Preliminary coursework subjects consist of semester-long offerings. More advanced subjects are offered by block mode, which are 2-week intensive sessions on campus. The courses are flexible, with a range of electives available. Students devise a study program to meet their professional goals, in consultation with the course coordinator.  Programs may include a research component if approved.

For more information regarding this course, please contact Dr Naomi Gardiner.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

MSc – Natural Resource Management Major

Major code

MSC-NRM

Credit points

36 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

SC5055:03 Research and Communication in the Natural Sciences

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points (3 subjects) of specified BZ and EV level 5 subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 9 credit points (3 subjects) of specified level 5 subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 3

List 1

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

BZ5740:03 Wildlife Ecology and Management

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation or EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Evironment

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems or EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems or EV5506:03 Remote Sensing

List 2

EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV5014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries

MB5004:03 Marine Conservation Biology

List 3

BZ5001:03 Quantitative Methods in Science

EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5008:03 Professional Placement

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5013:03 Climate Change: the Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5014:03 Managing Tropical Fisheries

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5203:03 Conserving Marine Wildlife: Sea Mammals, Birds, Reptiles

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology

EV5502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV5506:03 Remote Sensing

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV5701:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

SC5902:03 Special Topic 2

EV5910:03 Professional Planning Project (Part 1 of 2)

EV5920:03 Professional Planning Project (Part 2 of 2)

SC5912:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2)

SC5913:06 Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2)

HI5005:03 Environmental History

LA5902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

MB5310:03 Marine Reserves as Fisheries Management Tools

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Science

Course code

106904

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in Science; or equivalent.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post Admission requirements

Some majors require attendance at block mode subjects on either the Townsville or Cairns campus.  Students may be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific knowledge from with their chosen major

  • Critically analyse scientific theory, models, concepts and techniques from within their chosen major

  • Critically read and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings from within their chosen major

  • Apply analytic tools and methodologies to define and describe scientific problems from within their chosen major

  • Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.

Course Structure

OPTIONS

Select a discipline area (major)

MAJORS

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

36 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Aquaculture Science and Technology

Townsville

 

Environmental Earth Science

Cairns

Townsville

 

Environmental Marine Science

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

 

Fisheries Biology and Management

Townsville

 

Marine Biology and Ecology

Townsville

 

Natural Resource Management

Townsville
Cairns 

 

Protected Area Management

Townsville
Cairns 

 
Tropical Biology and Conservation

Townsville

Cairns

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Nil

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Approved abbreviations

MSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate number of credit points, may, depending on the subjects studied, be eligible to receive the award of either the Graduate Certificate of Science or the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable

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