The Bachelor of Science - Prescribed Programme is a three-year programme comprising twenty-four courses; eight courses at 100-level, eight courses at 200-level, and eight courses at 300-level.

Bachelor of Marine Science

This program does not follow the usual programme requirements for major and minor disciplines but instead have prescribed sets of courses, across discipline boundaries. These programmes are offered by the School of Marine Studies (SMS), with a mission to:

  • Assist Pacific Islanders to understand, conserve, develop, manage and utilize their living and non-living resources in a rapidly changing world.
  • Provide Pacific Islanders with the widest possible range of opportunities for research, education, training, and employment in the marine sectors.
  • Encourage collaboration within the institutions of The University of the South Pacific, island nations, regional and international bodies for the sustainable development of the marine resources


SMS key areas are:

  • Marine Affairs (Law of Sea, ocean policy, economics, management)
  • Sustainable fisheries (inshore, offshore, management)
  • Aquaculture
  • Coral reefs & marine biodiversity (ecology, conservation, management)
  • Coastal management (processes, issues, planning)
  • Atolls and small islands (sustainable development, climate change)
  • Oceanic societies (Pacific peoples, community-based management)

The School of Marine Studies also provides support services to all marine-related activities at the University, including the operations of a research vessel and small boats to access to the field, and a dive facility. Have a look at the Facilities & Resources available at SMS.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Feb 2020
Sep 2020
3 years
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Feb 2020, Sep 2020
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Feb 2020, Sep 2020

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