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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
UCAS Course code

About this course

You'll study all forms of marine life and learn how to solve environmental challenges on this master's in marine biology. You'll work on our research vessels in Southampton, and discover the marine environment in Thailand. 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.

Our unique fieldwork locations will offer you the opportunity to 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
  • choose from a variety of semester abroad study opportunities

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

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 to study at Southampton because of their outstanding reputation as a great University. Furthermore the Marine Biology course is run at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. The facilities and lecturers available there are very impressive.”
George Allen, 2020 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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