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F704 MSci Marine Biology with study abroad (4 yrs)

Marine biology embraces the study of all forms of life in the oceans, covering a broad range of topics, from hydrothermal vents to coastal lagoons. To understand life underwater, it is essential to understand how plants, animals and other organisms interact with their environment and respond to change.  All our marine biology degrees combine the subject with related oceanographic sciences, to provide a complete understanding of the marine environment.

Introducing your degree

This is the course page for MSci Marine Biology with study abroad at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Marine Biology with study abroad and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSci Marine Biology with study abroad.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Programme Overview

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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.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Click on the 'How to Apply' tab on the navigation menu for detailed information on how to apply including deadline dates or click here to go directly through to the UCAS website.

Accreditation

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Key Facts

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

A*AA grade A levels or equivalent from Biology (required), Physics, Chemistry, Geology or Maths.

Other qualifications:

Please click here to find out about other qualifications

English Language

For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here

Selection process:
Intake:
4-6
Average applications per place:
2

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.

Contextual Offers

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.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

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".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

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.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

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.

Semester One

Depending on your background, you will take one mathematics module from SOES1010, MATH1004 or MATH1008.

If you have the International Baccalaureate, Standard Level Maths at grade 6 or higher you may consider selecting MATH 1004. If you have Standard Level Maths below grade 6 you should select SOES 1010. If you have A-Level qualifications then please click the individual module below for further advice. If you are uncertain then please contact the Programme Leader.

Compulsory
SOES1003
IT communication, field and laboratory skills
SOES1005
Introduction to ocean biogeochemistry
SOES1007
Marine invertebrates
SOES1008
Earth and ocean system
Optional
SOES1010
Quantitative Earth and Ocean Science
MATH1004
Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers
MATH1008
Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES3043
Marine science study abroad 2

Year 4

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).

Career Opportunities

Our marine biology degree graduates have excellent employment prospects with research laboratories across the UK and more broadly in the marine sector.

The range of companies looking for people with such knowledge and skills is extensive and growing all the time. Graduates have gone on to work for Government agencies such as the British Antarctic Survey, the Environment Agency as well as global corporations such as BP.

The University is noted for its careers search support service, and with its help and your new degree in marine biology your career potential will be limitless.

Learning & Assessment

Ocean and Earth Science is strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience to all our students in a friendly and stimulating environment. We are known nationally and internationally for our excellence in teaching, and are continually improving the scope and delivery of our activities

On arrival at the University all MSci Marine Biology degree students are assigned a personal tutor from the academic staff, who provides help and encouragement throughout the degree course and beyond, into industrial or academic careers and research opportunities. Each degree programme is a stimulating mix of lectures, practical classes, field work and tutorials, supported by computer-aided learning, and independent study. You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and modern concepts within your chosen subject, as well as a good personal and transferable skills profile. The fully modular course structure allows you maximum flexibility for specialisation according to your own interests.

As part of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), Ocean and Earth Science has a strong research-led world reputation. Cutting-edge research carried out by academic staff provides direct and enthusiastic input into a challenging and stimulating teaching programme. There is unique opportunity for students to undertake research projects with other NOCS-division scientists.

Study Locations

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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