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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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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.

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

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

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

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 AAB including Biology (minimum grade B) and one further science subject 
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 AA from 2 A levels including Biology and one further science subject and B in 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 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 and 6 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.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including Biology and one further science subject 
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AAAABB 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, D3, M2 in three Principal subjects including Biology 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 AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma without two AA grades in A Level Biology and one further science subject.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus AA in A Level Biology and one further science subject. We do not accept the BTEC National Diploma/ BTEC National Extended Diploma without two AA 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 79% overall including minimum grade 8 in Biology and grade 8 in one further science subject. Acceptable science subjects are Biology, 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 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. 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

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE At least GCSE grade C (4) in English and Maths.
GCE A-level AAB to include Biology and one further science subject from Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Maths, Environmental Studies or Physics. 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:

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

Typical course content

The following are the modules offered for the academic year 2019-20.

Year 1

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

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
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
Optional
GEOG2010Credit[?]
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
SOES2026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory

SOES2006Credit[?]
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
Optional
SOES2010Credit[?]
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
SOES2032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Semester One
Compulsory
SOES3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES2018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
SOES3010Credit[?]
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
Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
BIOL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GEOG3068Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES3015Credit[?]
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

Year 4

Semester One
Compulsory
SOES6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
SOES6074Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

BIOL6052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENVS6032Credit[?]
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
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
SOES6070Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
SOES6071Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Optional
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
SOES6051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOES6070Credit[?]
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
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Marine Biology with OceanographyMSci2019Full-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.

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

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Waterfront Campus

NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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