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Biology and Marine Biology (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Typical Offer
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4 years
Course Type
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield
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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 in the UK and abroad, including Thailand.
  • 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

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


“I chose Southampton due to the unique offering of the course. I was unsure whether I wanted to focus on Biology or Marine Biology, only Southampton offered a mixture, which was perfect.”
Jack Dicks, 2018 graduate

Course locations

This course is based at Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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