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Marine Biology and Oceanography

Bangor University
4 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Marine Biology and Oceanography

This is a 4-year course. During the first 3 years, you will follow an appropriate BSc degree course structure in one of the following: Marine Biology and Oceanography BSc. At the end of Year 2, providing a satisfactory mark has been obtained, you continue with Year 3 of the BSc course and proceed to a 4th year specialised course. In Year 4 you carry out a substantial piece of research which forms your Year 4 dissertation. You will be able to work in a staff member’s research group and will gain valuable research experience of working in a research environment.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 128 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels (including Biology and usually 1 other science subject -Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including Biology)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental: Distinction
  • Access to HE Science: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Science Skills Tutorial
  • Environmental data & analysis
  • Organismal Diversity
  • Marine Biology Practical 1
  • Fundamentals of Oceanography

Semester 2

  • Science Skills Tutorial
  • Environmental data & analysis
  • Marine Biology Practical 1
  • Earth, Climate & Evolution
  • Fundamentals of Oceanography

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Communicating Science
  • Marine Physiology & Behaviour
  • Marine Biology Practical II
  • Ship-based field course

Optional Modules

  • Estuary & Shelf Sea Processes (Semester 1)
  • Tides, Waves and Marine Energy (Semester 1)
  • Ice and Oceans (Semester 1)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Marine Pollution (Semester 1)
  • Sediment Dynamics (Semester 2)
  • Coastal Processes Field Study (Semester 1)
  • Rivers, Coast and Oceans (Semester 2)
  • Marine Geology & Applications (Semester 1)
  • Marine Conservation & Exploit. (Semester 2)
  • Marine Ecosystems & Processes (Semester 2)
  • Fish Biology and Ecology (Semester 2)
  • Sharks and their Relatives (Semester 1)
  • Marine Mammal Science (Semester 1)

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Research Preparation
  • Perspectives in Marine Science
  • Research Project Investigation

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information please visit our website


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a MSci.

Career opportunities

The 4 year course is ideal preparation for a career in research. The 4th project year will allow you to gain experience of working in a research environment and prepare you for a PhD and research career.

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About this institute

Bangor University

Want something different? Well you have come to the right place. Bangor University is a historic University located between the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, the wonderful Irish Sea coastline, and the awe-inspiring Isle of Anglesey. What makes Bangor...

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Why study at Bangor University

Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

World class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Bangor University is in the top 40 in the UK for research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated as the best in the UK at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.

UNRIVALlED location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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Bangor University

Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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