The establishment of The University of Jordan branch in Aqaba comes as a direct translation of His Majesty King Abdullah II`s vision for the future of the Aqaba region, which is the first and foremost national strategic and economic project directly supported by His Majesty who laid the cornerstone for The University of Jordan (UJ)- Aqaba Branch on April 30, 2009. The UJ-Aqaba Branch started teaching in a record time, at the start of the academic year 2009/2010 in September. The Faculty of Marine Sciences (FMSC) was one of faculties established at the first stage of the project .
The FMSC is located in the main campus, which helps the interaction of Aqaba the faculty and students with other faculties, departments, and governmental institutions and private companies. The close proximity of the campus to King Hussein International Airport helps and facilitates the movement of researchers, scientists and academic staff of the branch.
One of the important pillars for the success of the FMSC is the presence of the Marine Science Station (MSS), which was established in 1974 as a research center on the south coast of Aqaba. It provides The FMSC with a qualified staff and researchers, lab supervisors and technicians, and the required teaching
and research laboratories.
In 2013 and in conjunction with the graduation of the first batch of students from the faculty, the department began offering the Master (M.Sc.) degree of Marine Sciences. The program is designed to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills that makes them competent in the various marine fields. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of modern marine sciences, both departments: Marine Biology and Coastal Environment are jointly supporting this program.