Commencing semesters, 2019

Semester 1
Semester 2

Program level


Program code



Humanities and Social Sciences
Science Faculty


Faculty of Science


St Lucia

Delivery mode


Course List

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Marine Biology extended major.


Australian/domestic students

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Phone: 07 3365 1333

International students

International Student Advisor


Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

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Why study Marine Biology?

This major will allow you to focus on the biology of marine organisms rather than on the physical aspects of marine science such as currents, waves and physical processes of marine environments. It draws on disciplines such as marine ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to study life in the oceans and other salt water environments such as estuaries and wetlands.

You will develop a breadth of specialized knowledge of marine biological systems and the application of ecological and environmental strategies to protect these systems. With one of the largest marine research groups in Australia, your studies will be enriched by the input of researchers at the forefront of this dynamic discipline.

More information about what can be studied in the Marine Biology Extended Major.

What you can study

Courses in your second year will build core knowledge in the biological sciences and prepare you for specific courses in marine biology in your third year. You will participate in field trips to UQ's research stations at Moreton Bay and Heron Island to experience both tropical and sub-tropical environments and also gain practical laboratory skills and knowledge to prepare you for a broad scope of employment opportunities.


View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Marine Biology extended major.

Employment opportunities

With oceans covering 71 per cent of the earth's surface, marine biologists will be instrumental in examining the effects of climate change, pollution, overfishing and their impact on the food chain, as well as identifying the exciting potential for new pharmaceuticals and biomedical applications and protecting endangered species. You can work in many areas of research and education including: ecotourism; engineering and consulting companies; fisheries laboratories; food technology; marine parks; marine resource development; marine science institutes; museums; oil companies; pharmacology; planning and management; power-generating authorities; teaching; the fishing and aqua-culture industries; universities; and wildlife conservation.

What it costs

Please view the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Science for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelors of Music (Honours)/Science for information on key dates and how to apply.