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Marine Environmental Studies

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Marine Environmental Studies

Marine Environmental Studies is for students who are interested in marine environmental science, management and policy. This degree is a fully integrated marine science course which incorporates all aspects of the marine system - physical, chemical, biological, and geological – with, in addition, management issues, such as management of the coastal zone, environmental policy, and sustainable development. The course covers the whole ocean system, but concentrates on the coastal and shelf seas, since these are the focus of socio-economic activity and are the most susceptible to climatic and human-induced change. It is suitable for students both with and without mainstream science backgrounds.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

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

Typical offer is based on a minimum 104 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grades BC in 2 science subjects -Biology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Economics, Maths, Statistics, Geology, Physics, Psychology, Computing; excluding General Studies).
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in 2 science subjects)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DMM.
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental: Merit.
  • 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
  • Earth Systems and Processes
  • Fundamentals of Oceanography

Semester 2

  • Science Skills Tutorial
  • Environmental data & analysis
  • Earth, Climate & Evolution
  • Fundamentals of Oceanography

Optional Modules

  • Organismal Diversity (Semester 1)
  • Env. Management & Conservation (Semester 1)
  • Chem. in Biol. and Environ. (Semester 2)
  • Anglesey Geology Field Course (Semester 2)
  • Marine Biogeochemistry (Semester 1)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Estuary & Shelf Sea Processes
  • Ship-based field course

Semester 2

  • Communicating Science
  • Remote Sensing & Geophysics
  • Ship-based field course

Optional Modules

  • Sustainable Development (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Water, air & soil pollution (Semester 1)
  • Principles of Conservation (Semester 1)
  • Climate Change (Semester 1)
  • Tides, Waves and Marine Energy (Semester 1)
  • Geohazards (Semester 1)
  • Marine Ecology (Semester 1)
  • Conservation Practice (Semester 2)
  • Catchment Processes (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Coastal Processes Field Study

Semester 2

  • Dissertation
  • Marine Conservation & Exploit.

Optional Modules

  • Freshwater Ecosystems 2 (Semester 1)
  • Marine Pollution (Semester 1)
  • Marine Geology & Applications (Semester 1)
  • C. Issues in Env & related Sci (Semester 1)
  • Environmental Issues (Semester 1)
  • Environmental Policy (Semester 1)
  • Marine Ecosystems & Processes (Semester 2)
  • Rivers, Coast and Oceans (Semester 2)

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

Tuition fees

For more information please visit our website

Scholarships & funding

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


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BSc (Hons).

Career opportunities

This course is intended for students who wish to pursue careers in administrations that require expert knowledge of marine science and its socio-economic implications at local and regional levels, such as conservation organisations, local authorities, government advisory bodies, the media and pressure groups.

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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.

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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.

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LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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