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Marine Biology (MSci)

Award
Integrated Masters degree in Science
Duration
4 years
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Highfield
UCAS Course code
F703

About this course

You'll study all forms of marine life and learn how to 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 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

  • choose from a variety of semester abroad study opportunities

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

“My MSci in Marine Biology gave me the opportunity to study in a diverse set of locations! I worked with complex underwater scanners while directing a 50ft research vessel off the coast of Cornwall. I worked in Bermuda in a secured underground rock pool with over 100,000 upside-down jellyfish! I also spent time in Dale Fort, Wales and Falmouth in Cornwall. What better way to learn about tropical biology than to swim with tropical turtles in Bermuda?! What other degree in the world lets you do that?!”
Josh Hasdell, 2015 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.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.

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