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Ocean Science

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

Ocean Science

Ocean Science encompasses the study of all aspects of the global marine environment, from estuaries and coasts to the deep ocean. It involves the application of specialist scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics) to observe and to understand the diverse and often complex processes governing the Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere system.

This degree provides a rigorous multidisciplinary foundation together with more specialised training offered across a wide range of marine topics. The course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to embark on a scientific career applied to the sea and places a strong emphasis on practical and field skills. The high degree of flexibility and choice allows students to develop their own particular strengths and interests and move on into a wide range of careers. Students are able to decide which area of Marine Science interests them most and choose modules accordingly with options in Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics.

Admission requirements

Ocean Scence is a course for students interested in the marine environment. It is for students who wish to pursue a science-based degree course with emphasis on practical skills and fieldwork.

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 BB in 2 science subjects - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies).
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 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
  • Fundamentals of Oceanography
  • Marine Biogeochemistry

Semester 2

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

Optional Modules

  • Organismal Diversity (Semester 1)
  • Earth Systems and Processes (Semester 1)
  • Chem. in Biol. and Environ. (Semester 2)
  • Anglesey Geology Field Course (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Estuary & Shelf Sea Processes
  • Tides, Waves and Marine Energy
  • Ship-based field course

Semester 2

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

Optional Modules

  • Marine Ecology (Semester 1)
  • Ice and Oceans (Semester 1)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Semester 2

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • Marine Ecosystems & Processes (Semester 2)
  • Marine Pollution (Semester 1)
  • Sediment Dynamics (Semester 2)
  • Coastal Processes Field Study (Semester 1)
  • Rivers, Coast and Oceans (Semester 2)
  • Sharks and their Relatives (Semester 1)
  • Marine Geology & Applications (Semester 1)

*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

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

Career opportunities

The course is ideal preparation for careers in research, environmental impact assessment, hydrographic surveying, water supply and offshore industries, coastal authorities, government advisory bodies, the scientific media, ecotourism and other leisure industries and pressure groups.

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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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