This degree in marine biology with oceanography examines the biology of marine organisms within their environments from intertidal coasts to deep-sea and hydrothermal vents systems. The combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills ultimately achieved will provide you with an excellent start to your professional career.
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
During your first Easter vacation, you will start to develop practical field and boat work skills on a seven-day course based in Southampton. Just before the start of your second year, an intertidal marine ecology field course will improve your skills and introduce you to independent research. At the end of year two, you will take part in the interdisciplinary, boat-based field course currently run at Falmouth.
A broad introduction to marine biological subjects, with opportunity to specialise later.
You will gain a detailed knowledge of the biology of the marine environment and how it inter-relates with physical and chemical oceanography.
BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography scored an overall satisfaction of 100% (NSS 2015)
“I enjoyed my time at the NOCS. It was such a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, and it was a great place to be based, with its excellent facilities and teaching standards.”Laura Wicks - BSci Marine Biology with Oceanography
Typical entry requirements
ABB grade A levels or equivalent. To include Biology (A grade required) and one subject from Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology
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- 60 (overall intake across all Marine Biology courses)
- Average applications per place:
We will consider your BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography degree application as soon as possible after it arrives at the University. In selecting applicants, we use the information provided on the UCAS form to dermine whether you have the potential to flourish within Ocean and Earth Science.
Candidates who are predicted to attain our standard degree offers will be invited to visit the University and the waterside campus. During this visit, you will meet with one of our academic staff to discuss the offer and explore how your interests and aspirations fit with the course. This formal interview also gives us the opportunity to get to know you.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
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Typical course content
The modules studied on this degree in marine biology with oceanography will expand your knowledge of biological sciences alongside skills in chemistry, physics and mathematics.
Innovation modules outside your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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Modules in your first year will introduce you to the animals and plants that live in the marine environment as well as developing an understanding of the physical and chemical oceanography of the sea.
In the second year the modules become more specialised including marine vertebrates, benthic ecology and phytoplankton and primary production. The year ends with a marine biology/oceanography field course in Falmouth.
You will extend your knowledge in zooplankton, marine ecophysiology, fisheries and aquaculture and marine molecular biology. A total of FIVE optional modules must be chosen from Lists A and B, at least THREE must be chosen from List A and at least ONE from List B.
Please note: the availability of Biology modules cannot be guaranteed as is subject to timetabling constraints. Taking a unit outside SOES should only be undertaken after careful consideration.
*Spaces are limited on SOES3041 and acceptance is by application and interview. Please ensure you list a reserve option when making your option choices. If this is a Semester 1 module, we recommend that you start to attend the lectures until you have received confirmation as to whether you have been accepted onto SOES3041.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).