This integrated masters degree in marine biology follows the same pathway as the BSc Marine Biology with Oceanography and the MSci Marine Biology in years one and two. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to study abroad at top overseas universities, where you will take a variety of advanced modules over one or two semesters. You will then return to Southampton for your final year.
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Our current partnerships are with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, University of Bergen and University Research Centre Svalbard.
Our overseas universities offer complementary modules with an international dimension.
A prestigious programme with limited places.
Typical entry requirements
A*AA grade A levels or equivalent from Biology (required), Physics, Chemistry, Geology or Maths.
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We will consider your MSci Marine Biology 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. As a ‘study abroad' applicant, this formal interview must take place before we can make you an offer.
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 integrated masters degree in marine biology 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 fo 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. All modules are compulsory.
Currently, the third year is undertaken at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, James Cook University, University of Western Australia and University of Sidney. For administrative purposes, students are enrolled on SOES3044 and SOES3043 which houses modules taken at this University. More detailed information on the specific modules you will be taking will be provided nearer the time.
You will return to Southampton for your final year. You will conduct a major research project alongside further taught modules plus a tropical field course run at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Two modules must be chosen from the recommended list below.
Students opting to take SOES6052 Tropical Marine Biology will have to make this decision by the end of November in Year 3.
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).