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Master of Science

Gain hands-on experience with access to JCU’s world-renowned research facilities like the Orpheus Island Research Station and the Daintree Rainforest Observatory. Gain strong career planning insights and build critical enterprise skills through the Professional Employability Program.


in Queensland for median graduate salary, $92,000* *Good Universities Guide 2022, PG Science


in the world for Marine Biology* *Centre for World University Rankings 2017

Ignite your career

74% of graduates found full-time employment within 4 months of completion* *Good Universities Guide 2022, PG Science


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



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

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


1.5 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in science with 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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    Sheila Villora

    Master of Science, majoring in Fisheries Science and Management

    JCU is one of the world’s leading universities in Marine Science and offers study on Fisheries Management in the Tropics. This was the main reason I travelled from Germany to study here in Townsville. I had the opportunity to work on projects which will help to conserve the marine environment on an international scale.

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    International Student - Thailand

    Nut Munpholsri

    Master of Science, majoring in Tropical Biology and Conservation

    I was looking for opportunities to study and conduct research in a thriving environment. JCU location provides a great opportunity for my field. My aim is to acquire research skills, build up international networks, and return to Thailand to join a research team.

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    Dr Naomi Gardiner

    Senior Lecturer, Marine & Aquaculture Sciences

    The best part of working at JCU is being part of an incredibly vibrant, active and diverse team of students and staff. Together our JCU Science team regularly makes breakthrough discoveries that change paradigms and practices globally. It is great to be able to contribute to work that really does make a difference.