Honours and Postgraduate

Masters by Coursework

Masters by Coursework

Master of Marine and Antarctic Science

1.5 years Full Time / Hobart
1st Year: Bachelor of

Marine and Antarctic Science (Professional Honours)

For domestic students, the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (Professional Honours) is your first year of the Masters of Marine and Antarctic Science course.

Our Professional Honours course aims to facilitate the development of the following educational objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of marine science concepts and their relationships to polar and general marine science fields of study.
  • Provide understanding of and practise with the methodology and related scientific techniques used in the study of polar environments, including emerging ideas an technologies used in the collection and analysis of data.
  • Experience in the scientific method as it is practised by professional scientists. These experiences include exposure to the process of scholarly critique, collaboration and practical field operations.

Successful candidates will then be eligible to enter the Master of Marine and Antarctic Science.


2nd Year: Master of

Marine and Antarctic Science

Designed by internationally recognised experts, our Master of Marine and Antarctic Science provides students with advanced instruction and training in emerging approaches and technologies in marine and Antarctic science. The course is designed to produce expertly trained scientists with an international perspective and research skills that are widely applicable. In particular, students of the Master program will develop an understanding of the roles the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic marine ecosystem in the global climate system.

This course has a flexible structure with numerous electives to choose from including:

  • Advanced Phytoplankton Methods;
  • Antarctic and Southern Ocean internship;
  • Birds and Mammals of the Southern Ocean;
  • Integrated Management and Conservation of Antarctica;
  • Marine Bio-telemetry;
  • Molecular Marine Ecology;
  • Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology;
  • Oceanographic Methods;
  • Southern Ocean Zooplankton Ecology; and
  • Other electives from the University of Tasmania and IAI partners.

Students are able to cross-credit study programs and may choose to take electives available at one of the 20 partner universities as well as undertake their research project in association with an IAI partner.

Master of

Applied Science (Marine Environment)

1.5 years Full Time / Launceston

At the Master level, you will undertake a six month dissertation in your chosen specialisation, providing you with advanced skills and expertise in writing, analysis and evaluation of scientific information, demonstrating your capacity for synthesising scientific knowledge of the marine environment.

Specialisation options are available in one of four major streams: fisheries management, aquaculture, marine conservation and aquatic animal health. Graduates are well positioned to contribute in areas of marine resource and environmental management, science policy, and technical management across a range of marine and maritime industries.

*IMAS Masters course is currently changing, updated information will be available in the coming weeks.

Master of

Applied Science (Marine Environment) with Honours

2 Years Full Time / Launceston

At the Masters with Honours level, you'll gain specific training in all facets of research, giving you the necessary background for admission to higher degree by research programs and enabling progression to a RhD program.

Commencing with development of skills and knowledge via eight coursework units, this course concludes by exposing students to independent, research-based study with a two semester (or equivalent) research project. The supervised project refines students' skills and knowledge in knowledge and data integration, synthesis and critiquing skills.

Specialisation options are available in one of four major streams: fisheries management, aquaculture, marine conservation and aquatic animal health. Graduates are well positioned to contribute in areas of marine resource and environmental management, science policy, and technical management across a range of marine and maritime industries.

*IMAS Masters course is currently changing, updated information will be available in the coming weeks.

Master of

Environmental Governance (Oceans, Polar and Climate)

1 Year Full Time / Hobart

The Master of Environmental Governance (Oceans, Polar and Climate) is a new degree that offers a sophisticated, interdisciplinary and practical approach to understanding how global spaces and areas of common environmental concern are managed through law, public policy and other governance approaches. 

A unique feature of the program of study is the combination of individually supervised, in-depth research, a work experience internship, and classroom-based learning. Each student completes a major supervised research paper (25% of the program), a one month work experience placement with a government or nongovernment organisation (25% of the program) and ​four traditional units that are offered through online or face-to-face learning. The core unit, Global Environmental Governance, is taught in an intensive format over one week.

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
July 25, 2016