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Marine Biology with Oceanography (MSci)

Integrated Masters degree in Science
Length of course
4 years, starts September 2020
Course type
Waterfront (NOCS), Highfield
UCAS course code

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

  • 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, 386.46 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.