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
select modules depending on your area of interest – for example, you can study palaeobiology and explore how fossils are used to study ecology
choose from a variety of semester abroad study opportunities
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
- Waterfront (National Oceanography Centre Southampton), Southampton
- Highfield, Southampton
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.