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Marine Biology BSc

Queen's University Belfast
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Belfast
English
Fall 2021

Program description

Marine Biology BSc

The oceans are a key element for the existence of life on Earth. 97% of all the water on Earth, and 99% of the habitable space on this planet, is in the ocean’ (source: NASA).

Marine biology is the interdisciplinary study of life in the ocean. At the present time, the position of marine biology graduates has never been as critical to the functioning of our society, economy and environment. Complex issues such as overfishing, pollution and climate change are colliding to bring about extraordinary and sometimes catastrophic changes in marine systems. As a marine biologist you will apply cutting edge technologies to help tackle these issues on a scale from molecules to ecosystems.

With regards to marine resources management the UK’s territorial waters stretch over 6.8 million km² (over fourteen times the terrestrial landmass) and within this vast area lies the blue economy: marine renewable energy, oil, gas, fish, minerals and rare earth metals. To manage these resources in a sustainable manner requires assessment and guidance from highly-skilled marine biologists.

Admission requirements

A level requirements

  • BBB including Biology and at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Geography, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • BBB including Double Award Applied Science or Double Award Life & Health Sciences + GCSE Biology and Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • ABB including Biology + GCSE Chemistry grade C/4 or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC/4,4 + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
  • It would be an advantage to have studied Chemistry beyond GCSE level.

Irish leaving certificate requirements

  • Higher Level grade H3 in Biology and at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Geography, Mathematics or Physics + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Higher Level grade H3 in Biology + Ordinary Level grade O4 in Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • It would be an advantage to have studied Higher Level Chemistry.

Access Course

Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 80% with no less than 70% in any module normally including two Biology modules (Level 3) and one Chemistry module (Level 3).GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.

Graduate

A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree, provided any subject requirements are also met.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification.

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Program content

Stage 1

  • Biodiversity (with field course)
  • Molecular Basis of Life
  • The World of Microorganisms

Stage 1 gives a broad base in the biological sciences on which to build Stage 2 and Stage 3 studies. This module combination provides students, who may be undecided as to their final specialist degree area, with considerable flexibility as they enter Stage 2; at this stage students enrolled in Marine Biology can move into Zoology or Biological Sciences and vice versa.

Stage 2

  • Oceans: past, present and future
  • Coastal and Oceanic Biology (with field course)
  • Animal Biology and Physiology
  • Applied Ecology (with field course)
  • Applied Genetics
  • Marine Biology with Professional Studies students will complete a one year, degree related work placement

Stage 3

  • Sustainable Oceans (with sea survival training and research cruises)
  • Conservation Biology
  • Global Change Biology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Research Project

During their final year, students undertake a two-module research project carried out under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff. The project generally involves practical work carried out in the field and/or at the Marine Laboratory, in one of the many active areas of marine research in the School.

Tuition fees

  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - £9,250
  • EU Other - £21,400
  • International - £21,400

Career opportunities

An Honours degree in Marine Biology offers comprehensive training in one of the most popular environmental disciplines, and good graduates move on to pursue diverse careers at home and abroad.

Many recent graduates have secured MSc and PhD positions at leading universities in the UK, Republic of Ireland and overseas whilst others work in secondary education or for conservation organisations and government environmental agencies.

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked 200 in the...


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Queen's University Belfast

University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

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