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Undergraduate Majors in Marine Biology/Marine Science

Study for a BSc in marine science at The University of Western Australia (UWA), leading to either a single major BSc in Marine Biology, or an extended major BSc in Marine Science.

The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean contributes to several undergraduate teaching units in the course of your study. In particular, the third year unit (Level 3) “BIOL3305 Fisheries Science: Foundations and Applications” provides you with a grounding in the foundations of fisheries science, and examines methods and principles of fisheries science for both large-scale and small-scale fisheries around the world. Core elements will include the core data needs in fisheries science including fisheries economics, an introduction to approaches used in assessing the status of aquatic fish and invertebrate populations, and application of fisheries data sets at different spatial scales. In addition, this unit will also consider a range of applied examples from both global and local fisheries. This will also illustrate the growing need to align and partner fisheries science with conservation science, in order to ensure sustainability of fisheries resources for future generations.

Graduate degrees in Marine Biology/Marine Science

The new Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s (CBM) program at UWA is a four year accelerated program for high-achieving students with an ATAR of 90 or above. Over the first three years you will complete an Extended Major in Marine Science, and a semester of postgraduate study. You can then choose to exit after three years with an Advanced Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science, or continue with a final year of postgraduate study and be awarded a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Biological Science or Master of Environmental Science at the end of the four years. For more details, see here.

Honours/Master’s Degrees

The Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean is part of the Ecology and Conservation discipline in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), and the School’s Honour’s or Master’s degrees will introduce you to the world of research through an independent but professionally supervised research project, in combination with advanced coursework.

Once you have qualified for the program, contact us for more detail about potential research topics for a project with and supervision by the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean.  

In the first instance contact Dirk Zeller at with “Hons/MSc query” in the email subject heading.

PhD Opportunities

The Sea Around UsIndian Ocean, under the leadership of Professor Dirk Zeller, is looking for highly motivated potential PhD candidates interested in conducting ‘big-data’ and meta-analysis research on fisheries and fisheries conservation issues at the ocean-basin and global scale. If this is of interest to you, then consider applying for a PhD Scholarship at UWA. For details, check out There is currently one annual round for these competitive scholarships, and UWA offers a limited number of these scholarships to both domestic (i.e., Australian) and international PhD candidates each year to work with leading researchers to address some of the world’s growing challenges, such as that of over-exploitation of ocean resources. Candidates should be academically outstanding students (i.e., First Class Honours or Master’s degrees) who are eager to advance meaningful, high output research, and who have not completed or are engaged in a PhD elsewhere. Australian PhD programs normally last for three years and scholarships are awarded for the duration. No graduate course work is required (unlike in the North American system).

The Sea Around UsIndian Ocean ( provides a great opportunity to work collaboratively with our world leading research partners. This includes the global Sea Around Us network and initiative at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada ( and other research partners around the world, such as the Global Fishing Watch (, the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (, FishBase ( etc.. Professor Zeller also regularly collaborates and partners with Professor Jessica Meeuwig and the UWA Marine Futures Lab ( Emphasis is on big-data science in ecology, conservation and fisheries at the ocean-basin scale and globally. The research projects focus on high-impact written output in the scientific literature, accompanied by public and media outreach.

Besides the excellent professional development opportunities of being part of this global network of leading researchers, living in Perth also offers a great lifestyle; you will get to live very close to great beaches in beautiful Western Australia.

Suitable candidates will be encouraged to apply for scholarships after extensive discussions and after a project has been agreed upon. Early contact is essential, well before the annual scholarship round opens. Please contact Dirk Zeller directly ( for potential suitability and likely projects after carefully considering the above.

Relevant background information on the purpose of and research conducted by the Sea Around UsIndian Ocean can also be found at:

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