Master of Marine Biology

Gain an outstanding discipline knowledge of marine biology and advance your skills in the areas most sought after by marine sector employers. Gain unrivalled hands-on experience in unique locations like the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef. Work with emerging technologies for marine ecosystem monitoring, learn how to incorporate vital data analysis methods into your work and research, and collaborate with world-leading researchers in Coral Reef Science and Management.

Townsville: #2 in the world

for research related to UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Below Water Nature Index 2021

#1 in the world

for Marine and Freshwater Biology research Centre for World University Rankings 2017

Unique location

Unrivalled field-based studies on the Great Barrier Reef



  • Townsville: January, July



+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

Fees currently displayed are indicative only. 2023 fees will be uploaded by October, 2022.


2 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science with a minimum GPA of 5.0, or equivalent

English language requirements

Band 1

If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.



Course detail

Real stories

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    Isabelle Ng

    Master of Science (Professional)

    The most rewarding aspect of studying my masters at JCU has been the level of exposure and experience I've had to coral reef science. I have gained invaluable insight from professors and researchers of various disciplines and specialities into which avenues I would like to pursue in my future as a scientist.

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    Raaghul Anand

    Master of Science (Professional)

    I fell in love with the ocean and corals and wanted to dive deeper into this world which led me to study my Masters. The community of students and staff along with the support of the international student support team has made my life here at JCU an amazing experience.

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    Associate Professor Mia Hoogenboom

    Marine Biology discipline, College of Science and Engineering

    The Master of Marine Biology will provide graduates with the skills most sought after by marine sector employers. Students develop specialist knowledge in different fields of marine science, and gain hands-on experience of professional practice with either a focus on knowledge discovery or work integrated learning.

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    Dr Kate Quigley

    Research Scientist - Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

    JCU prepares students for a career in world-leading research through exposure to a “hands-on” learning experience in the field and in the lab, and mentorship by key researchers in marine biology. JCU students are highly capable and motivated to join research and industry partners to deliver cutting-edge science.