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Marine Biology (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (NOCS), Highfield
UCAS course code

About this course

You'll study all forms of marine life and learn how to to solve environmental challenges. You'll work on our research vessels in Southampton, and discover the marine environment in Bermuda or the Galapagos Islands. Graduate with the ability to work in research, wildlife management or conservation.

You'll study biology and ecology within the specific context of marine systems. The course modules will improve your biological sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics knowledge. Choose from optional field courses at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences or the Charles Darwin Research Station. This will broaden your field research beyond the environments found around the UK. The facilities are exceptional at Southampton. You can go from classroom or lab to our research vessels within minutes on our Waterfront Campus. Be part of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the largest marine science communities in Europe. Depending on your grades, you can apply to study abroad at one of our partner universities. There you'll take specialist modules and projects that are not available in the UK. With this course, you can:

  • get the opportunity to conduct supervised original research

  • examine the ecology of marine organisms, including feeding, reproduction, behaviour and migrations

  • discover a range of topics from hydrothermal vents to coastal lagoons

  • get extensive practical laboratory skills training at all levels

  • take part in relevant field experience and training throughout the programme

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 401.41 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Waterfront (NOCS) in Southampton and Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

Transfer between courses

Your transfer options, available during the early stages of this degree, are:

  • Biology and Marine Biology (transfer available until the end of year 1)

  • Oceanography (transfer available until the end of year 1)

  • Marine Biology with Oceanography (transfer available until the end of year 2)

Transfers across MSci and BSc programmes are subject to MSci progression criteria, and must be made by the end of year 2. You'll also have access to a variety of semester abroad study opportunities.