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Bachelor's Degree in 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 Marine Biology

You'll study biology and ecology within the specific context of marine systems. The course will broaden your knowledge of biological sciences, chemistry, physics and maths.

The facilities are exceptional at Southampton. You can go from classroom or lab to our research vessels within minutes on our Waterfront Campus.

You'll be part of one of the largest marine science communities in Europe, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). With this course, you can:

  • learn the most up-to-date marine science knowledge
  • get the opportunity to conduct supervised, original research
  • find out about the ecology of marine organisms, including feeding, reproduction, behaviour and migrations
  • get extensive practical laboratory skills training at all levels
  • take part in relevant field experience and training throughout the programme
  • choose from a variety of semester abroad study opportunities

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

Admission requirements


ABB including Biology (minimum grade B) and one further science subject (minimum grade B)

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 science subject


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level Biology and one further science 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
  • Introduction to Functional Marine Biology
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Evolution
  • Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry
  • Key Skills for Marine Scientists
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Physics of the Ocean
  • Statistical Computing for Marine Sciences

Year 2

  • Coastal Ecology Field Course
  • Coastal Ocean Processes
  • Marine Benthic Ecology
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Molecular Tools for Advancing Marine Biology Research
  • Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Environments
  • Phytoplankton and Primary Production
  • Zooplankton Ecology and Processes (L5)

Year 3

  • Applied Oceanography and Fieldwork
  • Independent Research Project (Oceanography, Marine Biology)

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

  • Biogeography
  • Deep Sea Ecology L6
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • Marine Conservation and Policy
  • Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • Marine Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology
  • 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 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 degree or PhD level. They also embark on careers at universities or consultancies, or with employers such as NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), Natural England or the Environment Agency.

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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