Master of Marine Biology

Develop outstanding discipline knowledge of marine biology and advance your skills in the areas most sought after by marine sector employers. Gain unrivalled hands-on experience in unique locations like the JCU Orpheus Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef. Work with emerging technologies for marine ecosystem monitoring, learn how to incorporate vital data analysis methods into your work and research, and collaborate with world-leading researchers in Coral Reef Science and Management.

Access the best

Research ranked 'well above' world class ERA 2018, Environmental Sciences

Top 100 in the world

for earth and marine sciences 2024 QS World Ƶ Rankings

Hands-on learning

with unique field-based studies on the Great Barrier Reef



  • Townsville: January, July




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

^estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


2 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science with a minimum GPA of 5.0, or equivalent

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Real stories

  • International Student - USA

    Chase DeJarnett

    Master of Marine Biology

    I chose to come to JCU to study my Master of Marine Biology. I’ve always been passionate about the oceans and I’m an avid fisherman, so the water comes naturally to me. JCU is above what I had expected - the campuses are beautiful, with world renowned researchers teaching in world class facilities.

  • International Student - USA

    Kaysha Kenney

    Master of Marine Biology

    JCU is right on the reef and it’s one of the best schools in the world for Marine Biology. I really enjoy that there’s a lot of marine biology research that comes out of James Cook Ƶ and most of it is on coral reef ecology.

  • Mia Hoogenboom


    Associate Professor Mia Hoogenboom

    Marine Biology discipline, College of Science and Engineering

    The Master of Marine Biology will provide graduates with the skills most sought after by marine sector employers. Students develop specialist knowledge in different fields of marine science, and gain hands-on experience of professional practice with either a focus on knowledge discovery or work integrated learning.

  • Kate Quigley


    Dr Kate Quigley

    Research Scientist - Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

    JCU prepares students for a career in world-leading research through exposure to a “hands-on” learning experience in the field and in the lab, and mentorship by key researchers in marine biology. JCU students are highly capable and motivated to join research and industry partners to deliver cutting-edge science.