About this course
This course will give you knowledge about the biology of the marine environment and how it relates to physical and chemical oceanography. You'll cover advanced topics like data management for biologists and advanced oceanography fieldwork. This will prepare you for a range of careers such as research and wildlife management, or for work in government agencies.
This degree examines the biology of marine organisms within their environments, from intertidal coasts to deep sea and hydrothermal vents systems. You'll learn how marine plants and animals interact with their environment and respond to change.
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
complete an independent research project working alongside active research staff
get practical experience of doing experiments, learning to adapt to sea state and weather conditions, collect samples, and use ocean instrumentation
select optional 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.