Australian Partners


University of Tasmania


The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania is an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research.

Located at the gateway to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, our research spans ecology and biodiversity, oceans and cryosphere, and fisheries and aquaculture.

We are working to address the major questions in temperate marine and Antarctic science, with research focused on living marine resources management, systems ecology, oceanographic connectivity and process dynamics and climate studies. With collaborative partners across the globe, we deliver our research to government, industry, institutions and communities to inform resource management, conservation and climate change decision making.
Our headquarters on the Hobart waterfront houses world-class laboratories and teaching spaces, and cultivates new research and educational opportunities. We share this landmark building with Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and other important program partnerships.

Just 15 minutes away on the scenic route south, IMAS Taroona provides a unique fisheries and aquaculture precinct – a centre for world-class research, enhanced collaboration and industry engagement, and outstanding marine science education.
At IMAS, we create exceptional learning opportunities for the next generation of scientists, and we are dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating thoughtful and sustainable development of marine resources for the benefit of Australia and the world.

Conditions for PhD enrolment

The minimum course entry requirements for a Doctoral Degree are:

i. Completion of a previous qualification in a relevant discipline that includes a substantive thesis, where the research component of that degree comprises:
  – 50% of a Bachelor Honours (equivalent to AQF Level 8) with an overall grade of at least Second Class Upper (Class IIA) standard, or
  – 25% of a two-year Masters Coursework degree (equivalent to AQF Level 9) with a thesis component grade of at least Distinction grade, or
  – Masters Research degree (equivalent to AQF Level 9) of at least Distinction grade.
ii. A record of research or professional qualifications deemed by the Dean, to be of a standard equivalent to at least Bachelors Honours degree Second Class Upper (Class IIA) and providing a suitable background for the Doctoral research the candidate is proposing to undertake.

In addition, an applicant must provide evidence of their English language proficiency in accordance with the University of Tasmania’s requirements at the time they submit their application. Note that results of an English language proficiency test must have been awarded within 2 years of application date.

Furthermore, international applicants must satisfy the Australian Department of Home Affairs English language proficiency criteria to obtain a student visa to study in Australia. This requirement is in addition to the applicant meeting the University’s English language proficiency requirements.

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