Marine Biology (with foundation year) at University of Hull - UCAS

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Course summary

Study life beneath the waves on this exciting course. It includes subsidised PADI scuba training and takes advantage of local resources like the North Sea and The Deep. A marine biologist rises to the challenge of conserving and managing marine resources against a background of environmental change. You'll become familiar with a range of marine organisms and habitats – and confident with survey and data analysis techniques.

  • Become a qualified advanced open water diver on one of the few courses to offer subsidised PADI training
  • Field work is an integral part of the course: including opportunities for residentials in Britain and overseas
  • 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • Industry-standard facilities include 33,000-litres of tropical aquaria
The North Sea forms a perfect backdrop for the degree; making Hull an ideal place to study marine biology. With access to internationally recognised research facilities – including The Deep – you'll enjoy getting hands-on experience as you learn. The foundation year is ideal to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements. Official Team GB partners Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it. What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership. We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else. Find out more at


Foundation Year Core modules Preparing for Learning in Higher Education Group Challenge (Sciences) Introduction to Data Analysis Compulsory modules Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 Introduction to Biological Sciences 2 Optional modules Foundation Maths Skills Foundation Maths 1 Foundation Mathematics A Year 1 Compulsory modules Diversity of Life Evolution Marine Biology: An Introduction Cells and Organelles Ecology (with optional Dive Training) Introduction to Environmental Science Year 2 Compulsory modules Aquatic Zoology Marine Biology and Oceanography Professional and Research Skills for Biologists Intertidal Systems Optional modules Animal Form and Function Geographical Information Systems Conservation Biology Green Planet Fish Ecology Year 3 Compulsory modules Aquatic Resource Management Choose one of the following Independent Research Project Structured Research Project Biology in Education Optional modules Sensory Physiology of Animals Field Studies Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring Marine Challenges Extinction Conservation in a Changing World Practical Conservation All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree. Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests. Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work. Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree. We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application. For applicants with Level 3 qualifications, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University please visit
Institution's Own Test60% overall (with minimum 55% in each skill)

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £19500 Year 1

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Marine Biology (with foundation year) at University of Hull - UCAS