Course Description

With a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management, you will be taught by world-leading experts in some of the best coastal locations in the country. In-depth study in marine science and management subjects, plus lots of hands-on experience in incredible aquatic field sites, will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the multidisciplinary field of marine science.

This one-year degree offers a unique opportunity to learn about the science and management of marine environments. Highly regarded in the professional field, it’s the perfect option for graduates who want to get a job in marine science or who want to extend their expertise by specialising in theoretical and practical skills.

Developed in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and its partner universities, the degree’s rich array of subjects include the science and management of coasts, marine ecology and conservation, coral reefs, climate change, oceanography (physical, geological and biological) and engineering (coastal and marine). While you will undertake core units at the University of Sydney, you can take elective units at one of our partner universities.

The extensive coastline, harbour and unique marine ecology around the University of Sydney make it an outstanding location to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science and Management. As a student of this degree, you will have access to premier locations, like the Sydney Institute of Marine Science—a recently refurbished heritage building overlooking Sydney Harbour with state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. Further afield, we have a tropical research station in the Great Barrier Reef, where several classes are taught.

The coastal expertise at the University of Sydney is one of the best in Australia. We have international leaders in areas ranging from coastal science and management to coastal ecology and biology. Our innovative subjects—like coastal management, modelling, geographic information systems, ecological statistics, remotely sensed data analysis and marine and coastal law—are designed to get you to solve real-world problems and learn to tackle multifaceted problems concerning our coasts and the ocean.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 total course cost.
International Students: $46,500 per year full-time


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 63.3% (national average 72.8%)
Improved skills: 67.8% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 75.6% (national average 82.9%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 75.8% (national average 77.2%)
Studying full time: 25.3% (national average 14.9%)
Median full time salary: $88,300 (national average $80,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 074731G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNMASCMG2000

Entry Requirements