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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.
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means you can apply for membership after the course. Membership benefits include access to a professional network of biologists and the opportunity to go to conferences.
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
You can also:
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
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, you can apply to be a Registered Marine Scientist. You'll also meet some of the academic requirements to become a Chartered Marine Scientist.
What can you do with a Marine Biology degree?
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in:
coastal zone management
- marine resource management
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. Many graduates go onto study MRes Science or MSc Applied Aquatic Biology.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Year 1 core modules in this year include: Biodiversity & Evolution, Experimental and Graduate Skills, Introduction to Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography, Microbiology & Molecular Biology.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Animal Science, Community Ecology and Residential Field Course, Marine Organisms and Ecosystems, Marine Research Skills.
Optional modules in this year currently include: Genetics, Introduction to Teaching, Microbiology, Oceanography, Plant Science, Practical Boating Skills, Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques.
Placement year (optional): On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Year 3 core modules in this year include: Marine Ecology and Conservation, Fisheries and aquaculture, Marine Ecophysiology, 3rd year research project.
Optional modules in this year currently include: 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
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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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.
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.|
|A level||112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Must be in a Science subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||27 points||27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3, H4||To include Higher Level Biology at H3.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||112 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.|
CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.
English language requirements
|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.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54.0||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79.0||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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