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Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Guided by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.


1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

20 in the world for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Marine biologist
  • Marine ecosystems researcher
  • Marine environmental consultant
  • Marine research officer
  • Fisheries officer
  • Fisheries research scientist

Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Living Oceans
  • Practical Marine Science
  • Tropical Marine Ecosystems
  • Marine Ecology & Conservation
  • Fish, Fisheries & Aquaculture
  • Ecology & Evolution of Marine Invertebrates

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