Graduate Certificate in Marine Science | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Marine Science

Through fieldwork and engaging interactions with experts, develop advanced knowledge of coastal and marine ecology. Explore critical issues facing global marine environments, and develop specialist knowledge of strategies and partnerships required to sustainably manage marine resources.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to design research projects, investigate complex problems, collect and interpret data, participate in scientific peer review processes, formulate solutions, and communicate outcomes
  • Plan and implement a substantive hands-on marine research project
  • Broaden your understanding of the various dimensions of marine science through interactions with experts from different disciplines and identify a research topic and supervisor that best meets your career interests
  • Participate in extended coursework training component to build breadth of discipline knowledge followed by an advanced hands-on research project to develop depth of expertise

This program is not currently open for applications



1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$4,148 / A$10,148 - 2023 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • Semester 1

Career opportunities

  • Coastal and marine ecology
  • Conservation planning
  • Government roles
  • Industry roles
  • Non-government roles
  • Research

  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (3) 48 units

ENS500 Coastal and Marine Ecology
ENS501 Coastal Conservation Planning
SRP721 Special Research

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Completion of an undergraduate degree (AQF 7 or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

Recommended prior study
Biology, English, Mathematical Methods; and at least one of the sciences, preferably Chemistry
Program requirements
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (part-time) duration is based on studying 24-unit points per semester (normally 2 courses) and following the recommended study sequence.
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Science programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$10,148 - 2023 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.
Extended coursework training builds breadth of knowledge
Advanced hand-on research project work
Pathway to research career
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