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7N15 BSc Biology and Marine Biology (3 years)

Our distinctive Biology and Marine Biology degree programme combines modules from Biological Sciences and from Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at our unique Waterfront Campus, at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our graduates will have enjoyed a degree that ensures they are well-equipped to work in positions where a blend of terrestrial and marine science is needed.

Introducing your degree

Our interdisciplinary Marine Biology degree balances lectures in terrestrial and marine biology with great opportunities for fieldwork at home and abroad. We offer a unique blend of modules that will suit students interested in investigating marine biology or coastal zone biology. 

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I chose Southampton due to the unique offering of the course. I was unsure whether I wanted to focus on Biology or Marine Biology, only Southampton offered a mixture, which was perfect.
Jack Dicks, MSci Biology and Marine Biology, 2018
Biology and Marine Biology degree

Distinctive benefits of your course:

  • You will gain a unique and diverse knowledge and practical skills that are relevant to current global and environmental challenges
  • A knowledge and understanding of living organisms at several levels from the molecular, through cells and whole organisms, to ecosystems; and from an evolutionary perspective
  • You will learn highly sought-after transferable skills; team working, written and oral communication, time management, planning, data collection, analysis, presentation
  • You will develop the ability to think critically and to show that you can pursue independent research study in (marine) biological topics
  • You will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork at home and abroad to develop your core research skills as a scientist
  • A stimulating, friendly and informed learning environment, with cutting-edge facilities and a fleet of research vessels
  • Training in laboratory and field work skills, ensuring you are highly-skilled for a global jobs market or further academic study
  • You will graduate from a Russell Group University with a unique interdisciplinary degree programme only found at Southampton

Accreditation

Awaiting accreditation from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

Programme Structure

The programme is offered as a three year full-time course. Study is divided into three parts - each part normally corresponding to one year of full-time study. The programme is delivered in a semester pattern, each semester having 12 weeks for teaching and learning and 2-3 weeks for examinations.

The BSc Biology and Marine Biology programme normally lasts for three years but dependent on results, there is an option for students to transfer to the MSci option of this degree at end of year 2.

Key Facts

  • Based at our Waterfront Campus, a world-leading research institution, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS)
  • Enjoy being part of one the largest marine science communities in Europe
  • By graduation you will have a suite of highly respected biological and oceanographic skills
  • Our Waterfront Campus allows you to go from classroom or lab to our research vessels in minutes for boat based fieldwork
  • Our Marine Biology degree programmes consistently receive excellent results in the National Student Survey

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
Typical GCSE entry requirements for BSc Biology and Marine Biology
QualificationGrade
GCSEAt least GCSE grade C (4) in English and Maths.
A Levels:
Typical A Levels entry requirements for BSc Biology and Marine Biology
QualificationGrade
GCE A-levelABB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Physics, Geology or Geography. Pass in the science practical component.
IB:
Typical IB entry requirements for BSc Biology and Marine Biology
QualificationGrade
International BaccalaureateIB: 34 points overall, 17 at higher level, 6 in HL Biology and one further HL science subject.
Selection process:

Student Intake:

Minimum initial intake     5-8 (Home EU)      0-2 (International)               5-10 (Total)

Regular intake      10-20 (Home EU) 0-5 (Int)                 10-25 (Total)

 

UCAS

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Typical course content

For modules compulsory and optional see table below

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
BIOL1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Compulsory

Semester 1

SOES1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

BIOL1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Choose ONE from the following

SOES1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Choose ONE from the following

Semester 1

BIOL1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Choose TWO from the following three modules

Semester 1

BIOL1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2, choose either of the following

BIOL1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Compulsory

Semester 1

SOES2030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

BIOL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

If you did not take BIOL1010 in year 1 SOES2026 has to chosen in Year 2 Semester 2

Optional

If you have to take SOES2026 choose 3 from the following if you did choose BIOL1010 in year 1 then 4 must be chosen. Must include at least one BIOL and one SOES module

Semester 1

BIOL2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

BIOL2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Compulsory
SOES3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Plus ONE of the following full year modules

BIOL3058Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
BIOL3059Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
BIOL3061Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SOES3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
BIOL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Plus five from the following with at least 2 BIOL and 2 SOES modules

Optional

Semester 1

BIOL3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

BIOL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3057Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3070Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Students who take BIOL2010 and/or BIOL2013 are not eligible to take SOES3031

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Biology and Marine BiologyBSc2019Full-time£9,250£20,970
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Study Locations

Highfield Campus: Shackleton Building

Highfield campus

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Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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