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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

F713 BSc Marine Biology (3 years)

Marine biology seeks to understand patterns of biological diversity and quantify change in the marine ecosystem by studying how organisms interact with their environment and respond to change.  Marine Biology has developed exponentially over the past years with, for example, the discovery of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps; the ability to conduct experimental programmes at sea; the use of molecular methods in marine biology and the huge expansion of the data base on marine animals.

There has been a massive increase in the interest in marine biodiversity, in terms of the actual species, the causes of such high biodiversity, the scope for exploitation of these natural resources and the potential impact of climate and anthropogenic influences on biodiversity. As a result, marine biology students can expand their biology-knowledge base while appreciating the physico-chemical aspects of the marine environment.

Overview

This programme will offer a broad spectrum of biological training and appropriate skills in organismal biology and ecology within the specific context of marine systems. It has a marine focus, making it distinctive from the broader ‘Biology and Marine Biology’, but contains minimal oceanography – to make it more attractive for students with restricted chemistry, physics and maths backgrounds.

Students will get extensive practical laboratory skills training at all levels and research experience through an extended research dissertation in their final year (3rd). The programme is supported by highly relevant field experience and training in all years.

Programme Structure

The programme is offered as a full-time course normally lasting for three years. In addition there are the following exit points:

 

At Southampton the programme is delivered in a semester pattern, each semester having 12 weeks for teaching and learning and 2-3 weeks for examinations.

 

The programme is divided into individual study modules at each part.  Each study module is accredited as being worth a certain number of ECTS to you on successful completion. Modules are normally worth 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) which is equivalent to 150 hours of study.  Normally up to 60 hours comprises contact teaching (lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, etc.), and the remainder of the time is for your own independent study.  Modules are generally assessed at the end of each semester, but some are assessed entirely by coursework throughout the duration of the module.

In Part 1 all modules are compulsory, which lays a solid foundation in the basic discipline of this programme. A compulsory Mathematics module is also taken, depending on your mathematical background. Part 2 is a combination of compulsory and optional modules with more specialised module options and practical skills training will enable diversification in future years.

In Part 3, students are exposed to the forefronts of marine science knowledge, with the opportunity to conduct supervised original research. You will be exposed to cutting edge research, participating in seminar presentations in wide-ranging and specialist topics.

Key Facts

  • Based at the Waterfront Campus at the world-leading research institution, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), one of the largest marine science communities in Europe.
  • You will gain a unique and diverse knowledge and practical skills that are relevant to current global and environmental challenges, so that by graduation you will have a suite of highly respected biological and oceanographic skills.
  • You will spend a significant amount of time on our three of research vessels carrying out boat-based field work, which  is an important component of our degree programmes
  • Our unique Waterfront Campus allows you to go from classroom or lab to our research vessels in minutes

The National Student Survey 2018

  • We rank 6th for Overall Satisfaction in Ocean Sciences among the relevant UK Higher Education Institutes
  • We rank 7th for Teaching in Ocean Sciences among the relevant UK Higher Education Institutes
  • We rank 7th for Academic Support in Ocean Sciences among the relevant UK Higher Education Institutes

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEAt least GCSE grade C (4) in English and Maths.
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

Biology at A-Level or at IB HL is a prerequisite. One further science subject must also be offered at A-Level or at IB HL.

ABB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Pass in the science practical component.

IB: 32 points overall, 16 at higher level, 6 in HL Biology and one further HL science subject.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International BaccalaureateBiology at A-Level or at IB HL is a prerequisite. One further science subject must also be offered at A-Level or at IB HL. ABB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology. Pass in the science practical component. IB: 32 points overall, 16 at higher level, 6 in HL Biology and one further HL science subject.
Selection process:

UCAS

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Modules

Typical course content

The modules studied on this degree in marine biology with oceanography will expand your knowledge of biological sciences alongside skills in chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
SOES1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1005Credit[?]
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
Optional

Select 1 from the following 3

MATH1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MATH1008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES1013Credit[?]
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
SOES1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

You will need to select 2 from the optional list

Semester 1
BIOL2039
SOES2024
BIOL2004

Semester 2
BIOL2018
SOES2027

Semester One
Compulsory
SOES2030Credit[?]
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
SOES2036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
BIOL2039Credit[?]
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
BIOL2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES2017Credit[?]
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
SOES2006Credit[?]
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
SOES2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

You will need to select 4 optional modules from the foollowing list

Semester 1
BIOL3009
BIOL3053
SOES3013


Semester 2
SOES3041
BIOL3056
SOES3017
SOES3031
BIOL3010
SOES3053

Semester One
Compulsory
SOES3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SOES6008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
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
SOES3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
SOES3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
BIOL3056Credit[?]
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
BIOL3010Credit[?]
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

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
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.

Career Opportunities

PhD training, Research institutes run by NERC, NGOs and conservation organisations, Wildlife Trusts, IFCAs, Natural England, Scottish National Heritage, CEFAS, natural history museums.

Employability opportunities are embedded through the provision of guest lectures by key employers in existing modules (e.g. SOES2026, SOES3031), and through the annual Careers Fair held in Ocean and Earth Science. Work placement opportunities with local employers will be advertised, as available, through Blackboard.

OES has an Employers’ Advisory panel who meet regularly to consider academic content of our degree programmes. The programme will be adapted, wherever possible, to fill any knowledge gaps identified by key employers.

Learning & Assessment

You will develop core knowledge and understanding of subject specific and transferable key skills via compulsory modules and specialised option module lectures.  Teaching and learning through the degree programmes will be supported by tutor- and student-led tutorials, seminars and presentations, essays and report writing. You will be trained to make use of peer-reviewed internet sources to support guided independent study, group study and your own research.

Experimental, research, experimental design, data processing and interpretive/analytical skills are further developed through laboratory and practical classes and fieldwork (including boatwork).

Pathways

Pathways

Marine biology seeks to understand patterns of biological diversity and quantify change in the marine ecosystem by studying how organisms interact with their environment and respond to change.  Marine Biology has developed exponentially over the past years with, for example, the discovery of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps; the ability to conduct experimental programmes at sea; the use of molecular methods in marine biology and the huge expansion of the data base on marine animals.

There has been a massive increase in the interest in marine biodiversity, in terms of the actual species, the causes of such high biodiversity, the scope for exploitation of these natural resources and the potential impact of climate and anthropogenic influences on biodiversity. As a result, marine biology students can expand their biology-knowledge base while appreciating the physico-chemical aspects of the marine environment.

Study Locations

Highfield Campus: Shackleton Building

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Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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