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Course summary

Gain a unique perspective of the living world, in and around our oceans. On your four-year integrated masters you will combine modules from Biological Sciences and Ocean and Earth Sciences to develop your understanding of organisms from the molecular level to entire ecosystems across both terrestrial and marine biology. You will study at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the world’s largest centres devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science. While at Southampton, you will:

  • take part in a full fieldwork programme including residential trips in the UK and abroad, including Thailand.
  • combine scientific work in the laboratory with practical skills classes on shore and on the water
  • complete an independent research project working alongside research active staff – this will set you up for career in further research or a specialised master's
  • choose from a selection of modules depending on your area of interest - for example, you can study the business biosciences, which looks at the process of drug discovery, clinical trials, marketing and the sale of drug products
  • learn highly sought-after transferable skills, including team working, written and oral communication, time management, planning, data collection, analysis and presentation.
Join an Ocean Science community ranked 1st in the UK and 4th globally in the academic rankings among world universities, Shanghai Ranking, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (Oceanography), 2022.


We have a varied range of modules for all years. Examples of core modules for year one will include: Earth and Ocean System Fundamentals of Biochemistry Key Skills for Marine Scientists Marine Invertebrates Origins of Biodiversity For full list of all modules available, please visit the course page.

Assessment method

The learning activities for this course include the following: lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework, individual and group, projects and independent learning (studying on your own). We’ll assess you using: coursework, laboratory reports and essays, individual and group projects, oral presentations and written exams.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Institute of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4). We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5Band C: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27400 Year 1
International £27400 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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Biology and Marine Biology at University of Southampton - UCAS