• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Biology
  • Specialisation code MAGS-SPEC
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Marine Geoscience Specialisation

Corequisite majors: Marine Science, Earth Science or Biology


Marine ecosystems play a central role in the health and function of our planet. Given the increasing exploitation and modification by humankind, there is an urgent need for us to study and understand marine systems if management strategies are to succeed.

The specialisation in Marine Geoscience  is a earth science based program within the Research School of Earth Sciences that focuses on the role of physical, geochemical and theoretical processes in the marine science realm. The emphasis will be on understanding processes in a coastal and open ocean environment.

This program aims at equipping students with the tools to understand and monitor coastal and oceanic processes and interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere under an ever changing climate that may affect marine resources.

Learning Goals:

On completing the Marine Geosciences specialisation students will be able to:

  1. Describe the biogeochemical processes that influence the cycling of elements, compounds and organisms in the ocean.
  2. Apply a wide range of analytical, experimental and theoretical tools to constrain marine processes.
  3. Reconstruct the long-term evolution of the oceans and the organisms contained within and link it to processes from molecular to the global scale.
  4. Combine experimental and theoretical data collected individually or in small groups and defend resulting working hypotheses in class.
  5. Inform peer students and the wider public how understanding Marine ecosystems affect the health and function of our planet.

Addtitional Requirements

First year courses: CHEM1101 is required.

Other Information

Advice to Students

First year courses: CHEM1101 is required.

Students should seek further course advice from one of the academic conveners of the Marine Geosciences specialisation.

A specialisation in Marine Geosciences must be taken in conjunction with an Earth Science, Marine Science or Biology major.

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Specialisation Requirements

This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
EMSC3023 Marine Biogeochemistry 6
EMSC3027 Palaeoclimatology and Climate Change 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
EMSC2014 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 6
EMSC2019 Geobiology and Evolution of Life on Earth 6
EMSC2021 Fundamentals of Climate System Science 6
EMSC3019 Coral Reef Field Studies 6
EMSC3025 Groundwater 6
EMSC3028 Coastal Environmental Earth Science 6
EMSC3050 Special Topics 6
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