Marine Science

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Would you like to explore the depths of the oceans and the creatures which inhabit it? Imagine yourself living under the sea. You see the fishes swim in a breath-taking pattern. You see how the whiteness of the corals shows the importance of the sea. You see the particles as the sunlight shoots into the sea. Your brain begins to think, and your hands begin to create a way to preserve such beauty.


Through the study of Marine Science, you apply the biological and physical sciences to cover everything about the ocean, including its relationship with life on land. If you enjoy being at sea than at land, you might have found your calling.

Pursuing a postgraduate degree in this field can be one of best, if not the best, experience of an ocean lovers’ life. These are some of the research areas you might be interested in at a postgraduate level:

  • Climate Change: Impacts & Mitigation on Marine Science
  • Climate Change: Managing The Marine Environment
  • Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology
  • Marine Renewable Energy
  • Marine Resource Development & Protection
  • Marine Resource Management
  • Marine Planning for Sustainable Development
  • Other areas of research
Subject Focus

Here are some of the subjects you will be exposed to as a student of Marine Sciences:

  • Applied microbiology
  • Marine Technologies
  • Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Marine Microbial Processes
  • Marine Zoology
  • Marine Plant Science
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Other areas

Entry Requirements:

DiplomaSijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Pass with min. 5 credits (Biology/Physics/Chemistry) including a pass in English, Bahasa Melayu and History, O Level or equivalent.

Degree: A Level, STPM, Foundation in Science, Diploma (Science Background).

Personality Type

Intellectual curiosity, imagination, empirical skills, hardworking, skills for details, and scientific rigor are few among the many personality types that characterize individuals in this field.

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: ESR (Enterprising, Social, Realistic)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Marine scientists have a full understanding of marine organisms; marine scientists must have an understanding of other areas of study form – oceanography to marine ecosystems and such as physical oceanography and chemical oceanography.You have the opportunity to promote awareness of the need to conserve marine resources and prevent unnecessary destruction of our marine environment.

This is a niche field and jobs are not found in conventional methods, you need to be connected to people in the industries and the academic world of marine sciences.


Entry Level: RM2,500 – RM4,500
Professional Level: RM5,000 – RM9,000
More than 10 years experience: above RM12,000

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
The study of marine is for the good of humanity. From invertebrate zoology to reef ecology, from marine microbiology to oceanography, from bacteriophages to metagenomics – everything is vitally needed. The Malaysian Society of Marine Science hopes to provide networking opportunities for Malaysian marine biologist, by linking overseas marine biologist with local ones. To achieve such ambition and help preserve the country’s natural resources, marine biologist will always be in demand.
Global demand:
Only 29% of the world’s surface is land, the rest is ocean, home to millions of marine organisms. With the threat of global warning and depleted natural resources, marine scientists will have the opportunity to travel around the world and working along others to ensure the great of humankind.

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