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Marine Science degrees abroad

Marine science, sometimes called oceanography, is the scientific study of the ocean and marine life. It’s a subject that includes elements of biology, geology, chemistry, geography, and physics.

As a marine science student, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of the operations and roles of oceanic ecosystems. You’ll explore every aspect of marine life, from the ocean’s great mammals to its tiny phytoplankton. You’ll also examine the threats faced by today’s marine ecosystems, and evaluate international conservation and protection efforts.

While using textbooks to study marine science is possible, it’s no substitute for real-life experience. By studying overseas, you’ll have the chance to visit the world’s coral reefs, lagoons, salt marshes, and mangroves in person. Observing marine life in its natural environment is not only mesmerizing but also key to your professional development in the field.

Marine Science program structure

Bachelor’s programs in marine science usually last three or four years, but this largely depends on where you choose to study. Most undergraduate programs will also encourage students to complete an additional work placement year during their studies. Placements are an excellent way of gathering experience and making professional connections.

If you’ve set your sights on studying in the US, you’ll probably select marine science as your major. All bachelor’s degrees in the US last four years. You’ll spend the first two years taking general education classes, before focusing on marine science courses in the final half of your program.

If your BSc has left you hungry to learn more, you can enroll in a postgraduate program. A master’s degree can be studied over one or two years, followed by a PhD which can take between four and seven years to complete.

Most marine science programs blend classroom teaching with hands-on fieldwork so that students develop a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the subject. As such, your timetable will probably consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratories, and field trips.

It’s important to remember that the exact content of marine science programs will be heavily influenced by countries’ native marine diversity and ecosystems. However, most courses around the world will address these core study areas:

  • Marine organisms and ecosystems
  • Marine biology
  • Physical oceanography
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Marine geology
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Marine protection and conservation
  • Earth sciences

Types of marine science degrees

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Marine Science study abroad programs

Marine science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in marine science

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    Advanced Science: Marine Science - AdBSc (Hons) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,002 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Environmental Science - Marine Science - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Arts: Marine Science - BSc Hampshire College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    51,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 51,000 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Marine Science - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,646 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Marine Science - BSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,226 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Marine science graduate programs

Master's in marine science

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    Marine Science - MSc (Research) Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,002 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Marine Science - MSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,857 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,857 USD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Marine Science - MSc University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,819 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,310 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Marine Science - MSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,599 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,600 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Marine Science - MSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,117 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,118 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in marine science

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    Marine Science - PhD University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,608 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,608 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Marine Science - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in marine science

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    Marine Science - GradDipSci University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,226 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Future marine science careers

The world’s marine ecosystems are under increasing threat. Governments, businesses, and organizations are trying to limit their contributions to climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, and overfishing. As such, your skills and expertise will be highly valued in a range of roles across the public and private sectors.

Marine science graduates dive into various positions, including:

  • Marine biologist
  • Aquatic veterinarian
  • Marine conservationist
  • Researcher
  • Marine policy expert
  • Fishery data manager
  • Environmental engineer
  • Maine biotechnologist

If figuring out what you’d like to do after university is proving tricky, have a chat with your University’s career service. They’ll help you work out what you’re most interested in, secure some work experience, and perfect your resume.