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Course summary

Sea levels are rising. Icebergs are melting. Species are facing extinction. Now more than ever, we need to protect our precious marine resources. That’s where you come in… When you choose Hull, you’re at the centre of one of the UK’s most important aquatic habitats. The North Sea, internationally recognised research facilities – including The Deep – and the rest of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle are on your doorstep. Fieldwork opportunities here are exceptional – both at home and overseas. Recently, our students got the chance to work in far-flung places like Brazil and Egypt. On top of this, we offer part-funded PADI advanced scuba dive training as part of your degree. Plus, this course is accredited by The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). So when you graduate, you have a clear pathway to become a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist. And then there’s the researchers, academics and technicians who’ll be teaching you… You learn from the best: a small, friendly department that does world-leading research. In fact, Hull is the only university in the world to have three winners in the Royal Society of Biology’s Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Awards. We teach you all aspects of the marine environment. From the diversity of marine organisms to the impact of ocean acidification and climate change. In your first year, you start with a broad and varied programme. While your second year gives you a thorough grounding in essential marine biology studies. Then, in your third year, you get the chance to specialise in areas that could become your future career. And you’ll become confident with survey and data analysis techniques, which will serve you well in years to come. You can also take modules from other subject areas, including Zoology, Geography and Environmental Science. We’re constantly reviewing our optional modules. So everything you learn reflects the cutting edge of the subject and the latest research by our staff. 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


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.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with other qualifications are welcome to apply.

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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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 at University of Hull - UCAS