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Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Marine Biology

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2022

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Marine Biology

On this biology and marine biology degree, you'll learn about the living world from the molecular level to entire ecosystems. Study through lectures, laboratory work, and fieldwork in the UK and abroad. You'll be prepared for a career in research, conservation, inshore fisheries or habitat management.

This course will give you knowledge and understanding of living organisms at several levels - from the molecular, through cells and whole organisms and ecosystems. You'll also gain an understanding of biology from an evolutionary perspective. Be part of one of the largest marine science communities in Europe, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our research feeds directly into what you'll learn on our biology and marine biology courses. Our research vessels are a short walk from the lecture theatres, and boat-based fieldwork is an important part of the programme.

You can:

  • take part in a fieldwork programme including residential trips at home and abroad
  • do independent research project, working with research staff, to prepare for a career in research or a specialised master's
  • take modules such as business biosciences, which looks at drug discovery, clinical trials and drug product sales
  • learn sought-after skills including team working, time management, planning, data collection, analysis

Our biology and marine biology degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Admission requirements


ABB including Biology and one other preferred subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level Biology and one further Higher Level in a preferred subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A Level Biology and one preferred subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level Biology and one preferred subject.

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Earth and Ocean System

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Key Skills for Marine Scientists

Marine Invertebrates

Origins of Biodiversity

Statistical Computing for Marine Sciences

Year 2

  • Coastal Ecology Field Course
  • Evolution
  • Phytoplankton and Primary Production

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Flow of Genetic Information
  • Marine Benthic Ecology
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Palaeobiology
  • Plant Development and Function
  • Pure and Applied Population Ecology
  • Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science
  • Zooplankton Ecology and Processes (L5)

Year 3

  • Shallow Water Survey Techniques

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Applied Plant Biology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Biofilms and Microbial Communities
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Bioscience Business
  • Bioscience Education
  • Current Topics in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Deep Sea Ecology L6
  • Evolution and Development
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Field Research Project
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • In-Silico Research Project
  • Independent Research Project (Oceanography, Marine Biology)
  • Laboratory Research Project
  • Marine Conservation and Policy
  • Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • Marine Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Sediments: Modern and Ancient
  • Understanding Coral Reefs
  • Zooplankton Ecology and Processes

Scholarships & funding

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


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: BSc Biology and Marine Biology
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

Our marine biology graduates often continue their studies to postgraduate taught level, or pursue marine biology PhD opportunities.

Career paths

Roles our marine biology graduates have gone into include:

  • marine scientist
  • oceanographer
  • conservation officer
  • geologist
  • fisheries officer
  • oil spill consultant
  • marine science officer

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University of Southampton

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