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Biology and Marine Biology (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
4 years
Course type
Highfield, Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)
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About this course

With our MSci degree in biology and marine biology, you’ll develop knowledge about the living world from the molecular level to entire ecosystems across both terrestrial and marine biology. You'll learn through through lectures, laboratory work, and by doing fieldwork in the UK and abroad. You’ll be well equipped for careers involving research, conservation, inshore fisheries and habitat management.

Our master's degree in biology and marine biology will give you knowledge and understanding of living organisms at several levels - from the molecular, through cells and whole organisms, to ecosystems. It will also give you an understanding of biology from an evolutionary perspective.

Through the world-leading research institution, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), you'll become part of one of the largest marine science communities in Europe. Our research feeds directly into what you'll learn on our biology and marine biology master's degree programmes. Our research vessels are only a 10 minute walk from the lecture theatres and boat-based fieldwork is an important part of the programme.

In this MSci Biology and Marine Biology course, you can:

  • take part in a full fieldwork programme including residential trips at home and abroad in places like the Mediterranean, Bermuda and the Galapagos Islands

  • combine scientific work in the laboratory with practical skills classes on shore and on the water

  • complete an independent research project working alongside research active staff – this will set you up for career in further research or a specialised master's

  • choose from a selection of modules depending on your area of interest - for example, you can study the business biosciences, which looks at the process of drug discovery, clinical trials, marketing and the sale of drug products

  • learn highly sought-after transferable skills, including team working, written and oral communication, time management, planning, data collection, analysis and presentation

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

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This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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