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Overview Our oceans are under threat, so there's never been a greater need for experts in marine biology. Do you have the ambition to combat the challenges facing this diverse environment and play an active and positive role in understanding and protecting marine biodiversity and the future of our oceans? On this BSc (Hons) Marine Biology degree course, you'll learn the practical, theoretical and professional skills to start a career as a marine biologist. You'll develop your knowledge of marine organisms, from phytoplankton to cetaceans, as well as how to protect the oceans and their delicate ecosystems against the growing threats of climate change, habitat destruction and resource exploitation. All at a university that's been carrying out marine biological research for more than 70 years. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. What you'll experience On this course you'll:
- Conduct fieldwork in a range of intertidal habitats, including rocky shores, estuaries, saltmarsh and mangroves
- Be based in the heart of the internationally important Solent European Marine Site
- Learn from researchers who are members of the Institute of Marine Sciences, with expertise in subject areas such as ocean acidification, plastic pollution and cetacean behaviour
- Learn to drive a powerboat, scuba dive and conduct research in a tropical environment
- Get practical marine skills on our research vessels, including a large experimental raft, a 6-metre high-speed shallow draft launch for inshore work and a suite of sampling systems including dredges, grabs and nets
- Use our laboratory facilities, state of the art microscopes, experimental research platform and aquatic centre to explore marine ecosystems and study marine organisms
- Experience research and fieldwork overseas including the option to study seagrass, coral reef and mangrove ecology
- Get involved in local research projects such as the Solent Native Oyster Regeneration Project
- Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions
- post-graduate research
- coastal zone management
- environmental toxicology
- marine conservation
- aquaculture industry
- marine policy
- marine resource management
Year 1 Core modules in this year include:
- Biodiversity and Evolution
- Experimental Biology
- Graduate Skills
- Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry
- Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
- Microbiology and Molecular Biology
- Animal Science
- Community Ecology and Residential Field Course
- Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
- Marine Research Skills
- Introduction to Teaching
- Plant Science
- Practical Boating Skills
- Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques.
- Marine Ecology and Conservation
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Marine Ecophysiology
- 3rd year research project.
- Environmental Microbiology
- Global climate change in Marine Systems
You’ll be assessed through written exams, course work in the form of practical write ups, posters and oral presentations, individual research project. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Royal Society of Biology
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|