The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

F7C2 MSci Marine Biology with Oceanography (4 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

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Overview

The spectrum of programmes within ocean and Earth science offered by the Academic Unit are all scientifically exciting and challenging, as well as highly relevant to the modern world.. Within the four-year MSci programme of study, we develop and enhance students’ knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, marine biology.

Ocean and Earth Science (OES) is strongly committed to providing the very best learning experience to all our students in a friendly and stimulating environment. We are known nationally and internationally for our excellence in teaching, and are continually improving the scope and delivery of our activities.

Ocean and Earth Science is housed in the prestigious National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), which opened in 1995 housing the University of Southampton department and part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s National Oceanography Centre. NOCS is one of the world’s largest centres devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science.

Research carried out by academic staff provides direct and enthusiastic input into a challenging and stimulating teaching programme. There are also unique opportunities for students to undertake research projects with scientists outside the Academic Unit based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

The specific aims of these programmes are to:

  • Provide you with a coherent programme of study which will offer you an extensive and in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of Marine Biology, and how it interrelates with the entire spectrum of marine science, and through flexibility of choice, to allow you to develop some degree of specialisation within your field of choice.
  • Provide you with a high quality and intellectually stimulating experience of learning in a supportive environment.
  • Equip you to undertake a successful career as a professional marine biologist in the public or private arena, or in a wide range of other contexts.
  • Provide you with a sound background and suitable qualification that would enable you to proceed to a more specialist higher degree at the MSc or PhD level.
  • Develop your critical and analytical problem-solving powers, especially in relation to the marine sciences, but also those which have a broader application.
  • Develop your intellectual, practical and fieldwork skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of marine biological and oceanographic data.
  • Develop your powers of observation, analysis and understanding in order that you can make decisions with appropriate acknowledgement of uncertainties.
  • Enhance your interpersonal skills, particularly in the context of the work place.
  • Provide you with opportunities for shared multi-disciplinary learning in the marine sciences.
  • Enable you to engage with life-long learning, study and enquiry, and to appreciate the value of education and research to society. 
  • Give you the experience of undertaking an original project at the forefront of Earth or marine science in a professional research environment.

Accreditation

TBC

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-levelAAB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Maths, Environmental Studies or Physics. Pass in the science practical component.
IB:
QualificationGrade
International BaccalaureateIB: 34 points overall, 17 at higher level, 6 in HL Biology and one further HL science subject.
Selection process:

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

Modules

Typical course content

The following are modules for the programme

Year 1

Compulsory

Semester 1 and 2

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

SOES1004Credit[?]
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
SOES1011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

ONE of the following optional modules must be taken, depending on your Mathematical background

SOES1010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
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

Year 2

 All modules are compulsory

Compulsory

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

SOES2006Credit[?]
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
SOES2026Credit[?]
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

Compulsory

The following modules are compulsory and must be taken:

SOES3035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Semester 1

SOES3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

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
Optional

TWO optional modules must be chosen from the list below:

Semester 1

BIOL3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Semester 2

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
BIOL3010Credit[?]
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

Year 4

Compulsory

All year semester 1 and 2

SOES6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Semester 1

SOES6074Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Three optional modules must be chosen from the list below.

Semester 1

SOES6052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6062Credit[?]
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

SOES6051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6024Credit[?]
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

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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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

  • Postgraduate degrees
  • Teaching
  • Government agencies, e.g. British Antarctic Survey; the Environment Agency
  • Global corporations, e.g. British Petroleum
  • Nature Conservation Groups
  • Research laboratories
  • Commercial consultancies

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).

Study Locations

Highfield Campus: Shackleton Building

Highfield campus

Some teaching and research activities may take place on the Highfield ...Find out more

Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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