Marine and Antarctic studies attracts those who already have a fascination with the marine world or Antarctica, and are interested in becoming highly trained professionals able to contribute to understanding, managing and conserving the marine environment.

If you enjoy the natural and physical sciences, you can combine your passion for science with a love of the outdoors and adventure.

Practical classes and field trips provide extra challenges and opportunities to work alongside world-class academics and researchers. We combine these experiences with theoretical studies to broaden your experience and give you an edge when it comes to employment.

Bachelor of

Marine & Antarctic Science

3 Years Full Time / Hobart & Launceston

Taught by world-renowned experts, this degree gives you a broad foundation in the study of temperate marine, Antarctic and Southern Ocean science based on interdisciplinary themes.

In this degree you can choose your specialty: follow a research-oriented path at our Hobart campus, or focus on the more applied sciences in Launceston. We have five specialisations that cross the spectrum of these disciplines, which means that there really are options for everyone.

Choose from one of the following specialisations:

  1. Marine and Antarctic Governance (Hobart)
  2. Marine Biology (Hobart)
  3. Marine Resource Management (Launceston)
  4. Physical Oceanography (Hobart)
  5. Sustainable Aquaculture (Launceston).

Single degrees in Marine and Antarctic Science usually take three years to finish (full-time) and require the successful completion of 24 units.

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Marine Biology - Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science

"I would 100% recommend studying at IMAS. It provides an excellent basis for making connections within the scientific community, the facilities are amazing, and the research and volunteer opportunities are unmatched!"


I was born in Chicago, USA, but grew up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I was always swimming, surfing, sailing, snorkelling – pretty much anything to do with water.

I heard about IMAS through a program called A Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology. The program let me undertake a week of practical marine science work during year 11, involving all aspects of experiment development – field work, collection and sorting of data, and connection of data to a theoretical concept.

During year 12 I had a tour of the facilities on Open Day and seeing active science being conducted immediately made up my mind about where I was going to study!

I received a relocation scholarship to move to Tassie and study. Moving down here I’d say was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – Hobart is an amazing city and IMAS is full of amazing opportunities.

Associate Degree in


2 Years Full Time / Launceston

*This course is no longer being offered through IMAS, however the University College has a new Associate Degree in Applied Science (Aquaculture) commencing in 2018. More information about the University College can be found here. Applications will automatically transfer and don't require you to reapply.

If you require further information regarding the Associate Degree in Applied Science (Aquaculture), please contact Robin Barnes (course coordinator) at robin.barnes@utas.edu.au or (+613)6324 3539.

The Associate Degree in Aquaculture offers student education and training in aquaculture and preparation for the workplace. This is achieved through a mix of vocational, scientific and technological activities together with work experience. The course emphasises the development of skills which lead to independence in the work place alongside the ability to work in a team situation.

The Associate Degree in Aquaculture is a two year full-time (or part time equivalent) coursework program consisting of 16 X 12.5% weighted Units assessed by assignment and examination across Introductory (100 level) and Intermediate (200 level) Units.

High School Students:

Practical Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology

At IMAS we know that lots of high school students already have a passion for the marine environment. By enrolling in our XAS101 Practical Introduction to Marine Biology Year 11 and 12 students can experience a hands-on curriculum set in the beautiful Tasmanian marine environment.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
June 2, 2020