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BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Portsmouth
September 2021

Program description

BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science

Marine environments represent more than 95% of the world’s biosphere and supply 80% of the world's oxygen. On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science degree course, you'll develop your understanding of this vital resource and learn how to protect its delicate ecosystems from climate change and overfishing.

You’ll graduate primed for a career in areas such as marine environmental consultancy, marine conservation, coastal management, and underwater exploration and conservation. You'll also set yourself up to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 27

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Ecology, Plants and Human Impact
  • Global Environmental Challenges
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
  • Planet Earth
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Science for Earth Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring
  • Environmental Fieldwork and Professional Skills
  • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Oceanography

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Energy Resources
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Change
  • Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques (PADI-accredited)
  • Practical Boating Skills (Royal Yacht Association accredited)
  • Introduction to Teaching

Year 3

  • Core modules in this year include:
  • Environmental Science Dissertation
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Climate Change
  • Conservation Biogeography
  • Environmental Auditing and Assessment
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • Global Climate Change in Marine Systems

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £17,600 per year

Qualification

On this course you'll:

  • Study marine environments, from the tiniest plankton to the massive effect of global warming on our oceans
  • Make use of our laboratories and beachside Institute of Marine Sciences, packed with expert staff, advanced analytical equipment, and experimental and aquarium facilities
  • Get to grips with essential tests and techniques, including the study of marine water quality, marine life and pollutants
  • Make the most of our location on Hampshire's coastline and put what you've learnt to the test with boat trips on the Solent and field trips to surrounding areas
  • Do a final year independent research project based in the UK or abroad and consider the ethical issues connected to the project and health and safety requirements

You can also:

  • Conduct research in places such as Somerset, Isle of Wight, Malta, Portugal, Malaysia and Belize
  • Learn specialist skills while you study, such scientific and technical diving in module certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions – these include Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

Continuing studies

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course you can apply for Associate Membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and get Chartered Membership of the IES within 4-5 years, with appropriate work experience. Chartered Membership of the IES is required in many environmental careers.

Career opportunities

The ongoing threats to our natural environment mean the world needs people with the specialised scientific knowledge to safeguard marine resources for future generations. This means you'll have plenty of job opportunities after the course.

What can you do with a Marine Environmental Science degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • environmental consultancies
  • sustainability specialists
  • underwater exploration
  • conservation
  • wildlife protection
  • coastal management

What jobs can you do with a Marine Environmental Science degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Marine Scientist
  • Marine Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Geographic Information Scientist
  • Marine Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Policy Officer
  • Fish Health Inspector
  • Coastal Management Officer
  • Wildlife Protection Officer

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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www.port.ac.uk

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