• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Do you have the ambition to combat the challenges facing this diverse environment and play an active and positive role in understanding and protecting marine biodiversity and the future of our oceans? On this BSc Marine Biology (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you'll learn the practical, theoretical and professional skills to start a career as a marine biologist.
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Overview

On this BSc (Hons) Marine Biology degree course, you'll learn the practical, theoretical and professional skills to start a career as a marine biologist.

You'll develop your knowledge of marine organisms, from phytoplankton to cetaceans, as well as how to protect the oceans and their delicate ecosystems against the growing threats of climate change, habitat destruction and resource exploitation. All at a university that's been carrying out marine biological research for more than 70 years.

On this Marine Biology (Hons) degree course offered at University of Portsmouth, you'll:

  • Conduct fieldwork in a range of intertidal habitats, including rocky shores, estuaries, saltmarsh and mangroves
  • Be based in the heart of the internationally important Solent European Marine Site
  • Learn from researchers who are members of the Institute of Marine Sciences, with expertise in subject areas such as ocean acidification, plastic pollution and cetacean behaviour
  • Learn to drive a powerboat, scuba dive and conduct research in a tropical environment
  • Get practical marine skills on our research vessels, including a large experimental raft, a 6-metre high-speed shallow draft launch for inshore work and a suite of sampling systems including dredges, grabs and nets
  • Use our laboratory facilities, state of the art microscopes, experimental research platform and aquatic centre to explore marine ecosystems and study marine organisms

You can also:

  • Experience research and fieldwork overseas including the option to study seagrass, coral reef and mangrove ecology
  • Get involved in local research projects such as the Solent Native Oyster Regeneration Project
  • Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work or research experience.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you can apply to be a Registered Marine Scientist. You'll also meet some of the academic requirements to become a Chartered Marine Scientist.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in:

  • post-graduate research
  • coastal zone management
  • environmental toxicology
  • marine conservation
  • aquaculture industry
  • marine policy
  • marine resource management

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. Many graduates go onto study MRes Science or MSc Applied Aquatic Biology.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from the Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology
  • Experimental Biology
  • Graduate Skills
  • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Community Ecology and Residential Marine Field Course
  • Animal Science
  • Marine Research Skills
  • Coastal Ecosystems
  • Applied Marine Biology
  • Marine Ecophysiology
  • 3rd year research project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    54

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General Requirements

  • 112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    16400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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