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Course summary

Explore all forms of ocean life, studying biology and ecology within marine systems. On your three-year Marine Biology degree you will broaden your knowledge of biological sciences, chemistry, physics and maths and develop the skills needed to work around the globe. 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, where you will make use of the excellent teaching and cutting-edge research labs as well as our fleet of research vessels. As part of your course you will spend a significant amount of time on our research vessels carrying out boat-based field work and getting hands on experience. Over the course of this degree you will gain unique and diverse knowledge and practical skills that are relevant to current global and environmental challenges. 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. This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). Subject to revalidation.


We have a varied range of modules for all years. Examples of core modules for year one will include: Data Literacy and Analysis Earth and Ocean System Introduction to Functional Marine Biology Introduction to Marine Ecology and Evolution Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry Key Skills for Marine Scientists Marine Invertebrates Physics of the Ocean 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 independent learning (studying on your own) We’ll assess you using: coursework, laboratory reports and essays essays individual and group projects oral presentations 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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Unistats information

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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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Marine Biology at University of Southampton - UCAS