Cookie policy

By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to allow us to collect information on and off Studee as outlined in our cookie policy.

Study marine science abroad

Find programs that match your eligibility and aspirations then apply with reduced application fees, a free assessment and access to a dedicated advisor.

Find your perfect marine science programs abroad

Find marine science programs you love that match your needs & aspirations, where you stand a high chance of acceptance.

Find other programs in marine science

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.

Why use Studee?

We maximize your chance of being admitted with our free, 48 hour fast-track assessment (worth $185*)
  1. Find your ideal program

    Filter 10,000s of programs down to a shortlist perfect for you, where you have a strong chance of getting admitted

  2. Apply online via Studee

    Complete our application form and enjoy reduced application fees and access to unique Studee scholarships for many universities

  3. We assess within 48hrs

    We complete an 85-point assessment within 2 business days, help you with improvements then submit to your university

  4. University offer in 2-4 weeks

    We chase the university for your admission decision and keep you updated. We all celebrate your admission!

Carbon compensation - We'll plant trees in your name to compensate for the carbon generated by all your flights to and from university.

All our services are 100% free as we're funded by universities. You pay deposits and tuition fees directly to the university.

* Price based on similar application assessment services from other providers

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

Marine Science study abroad programs

Marine science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in marine science

  • false

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,002 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Advanced Science: Marine Science
  • false

    Marine Science - BSc University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,905 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)
  • false

    Marine Science - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,934 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,934 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Marine Science
  • false

    Marine Science - BA Hampshire College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    57,158 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 57,158 USD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Marine Science
  • false

    Marine Science - BSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,647 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,647 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Marine Science

Marine science graduate programs

Master's in marine science

  • false

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,375 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,002 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Marine Science
  • false

    Marine Science - MSc California State University, Monterey Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Marine Science
  • false

    Marine Science (Non-Thesis) - MSc University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,593 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,593 USD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Marine Science (MS) - Non-Thesis Option
  • false

    Marine Science (STEM) - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,567 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Marine Science (STEM)
  • false

    Marine Science - MSc University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,155 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Marine Science, M.S.

Doctorate in marine science

  • false

    Marine Science - PhD University of South Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,593 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,593 USD

    Start date
    August
    Show program overview about Marine Science

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.