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Marine Biology with Oceanography (BSc)

Award
Bachelor of Science
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Full-time
Campuses
Waterfront (NOCS), Highfield
UCAS course code
F7C1

About this course

You'll learn how marine plants and animals interact with their environment and respond to change. The course will give you knowledge about the biology of the marine environment, and how it relates to physical and chemical oceanography. Theory, field trips and lab work will prepare you for a career in research, wildlife management or government agencies.

This degree examines the biology of marine organisms within their environments, from intertidal coasts to deep sea and hydrothermal vent systems. You'll become part of one of the largest marine science communities in Europe through the world-leading research institution, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our research vessels are only a 10-minute walk from the lecture theatres. Boat-based fieldwork is an important part of the programme. With this course, you can:

  • gain detailed knowledge of marine biota and the physics, chemistry and sedimentology that influence them

  • cover a broad variety of topics, from hydrothermal vents to coastal lagoons

  • take part in a full fieldwork programme including residential trips in the first 2 years

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

  • choose from a selection of modules depending on your area of interest – for example, you can study palaeobiology and explore how fossils are used to study ecology

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, 403.63 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:

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

  • Marine Biology (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.