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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)

Gain extensive hands-on experience exploring coastal ecosystems and marine environments in an area that has some of the highest biodiversity in Australia. Learn how to sustainably manage precious marine environments with Deakin’s Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology).

A unique opportunity to study marine biology surrounded by some of the best natural marine and coastal environments in Australia.

The Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) is offered at our Warrnambool Campus on the banks of the Hopkins River estuary at the western end of the Great Ocean Road.

Learn in the environment and benefit from extensive practical experience through fieldwork in natural marine environments and ecosystems along the Victorian coast, offering a distinct advantage over marine biology students studying elsewhere. Conduct fieldwork in estuaries, intertidal rocky shores, shallow marine habitats, and sandy beaches, and develop professional skills in modern scientific research methods, ecological impact assessments, and marine and coastal management.

Through this exposure to real-life experiences, you will discover the great diversity that exists in coastal and oceanic ecosystems, and learn how to use scientific methods and tools to sustainably manage precious marine environments and resources, relevant to both Australia and overseas.

Campus Information


Deakin's Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions. The 94 hectare site is approximately five kilometres from the centre of Warrnambool CBD, serviced by the Princes Highway and by its own railway station and bus services. Warrnambool has a population of about 34,000 and is roughly 250 kilometres west of Melbourne.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

As a graduate with far-reaching knowledge of marine biology and extensive fieldwork experience you’ll be sought-after in a wide range of roles including:

  • marine educator (e.g. marine aquaria or ecotourism)
  • park ranger
  • fisheries officer
  • aquaculture technician or manager
  • marine biology consultant
  • laboratory technician
  • local government environmental officer
  • sustainability project officer
  • employees of local water authorities and GIS analysts.

The development of transferable soft skills, research skills, and critical thinking also makes graduates more broadly employable across the environmental science and management sectors.

PSW Opportunity

  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.