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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.

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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.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

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

2020 entry requirements

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).
GCE A-Level ABB including Biology (minimum grade B) and one further science subject (minimum grade B)
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will receive additional scrutiny during confirmation of results
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography or Physics.Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AB from two A levels including Biology (minimum grade B) and one further science subject and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography or Physics. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level Biology and one further Higher Level science subject. Acceptable science subjects include Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 45 must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied including Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)  H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including Biology at H3 and one further science subject at H3
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AAABBB to include Biology and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or 04, the equivalent of GCSE grade C/grade 4.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3, M2, M2 in three Principal subjects including Biology at a minimum of M2 and one further science subject at a minimum of M2. Acceptable science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Physics, and Geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AB in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AB grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography or Physics. Where this offer is satisfied by including grades achieved in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics, a Pass in the practical science assessment is additionally required. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
European Baccalaureate offer 76% overall including minimum grade 8 in Biology and grade 8 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography or Physics.
International qualifications   Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements Band B IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all components All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE At least GCSE grade C (4) in English and Maths.
 GCE A-level ABB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Maths, Environmental Studies, Physics, Geology or Geography. Pass in the science practical component.
International Baccalaureate requirements IB: 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

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

This course combines a number of compulsory and optional modules.

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
SOES1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Compulsory
BIOL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2026Credit[?]
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
BIOL2004Credit[?]
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
BIOL2014Credit[?]
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
SOES2024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2030Credit[?]
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
Optional
BIOL3034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
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
BIOL3069Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
BIOL3071Credit[?]
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
BIOL3001Credit[?]
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
BIOL3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3063Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3067Credit[?]
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
SOES3054Credit[?]
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

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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