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Marine Science with Arctic Studies (Hons)

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

48 months
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The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) , Marine Science with Arctic Studies (Hons) degree offers its students the fantastic opportunity to spend up to one year studying environmental sciences in the Arctic. We have established a link with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), a Norwegian run teaching and research centre on the island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard archipelago).


The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) , Marine Science with Arctic Studies (Hons)

SAMS is a world class scientific research centre and Scotland's premier independent marine research organisation. We have taught an undergraduate degree programme for over a decade. We currently deliver two honours degree programmes through the University of the Highlands and Islands:

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies

Our unique rural location near Oban and active research facilites offer students an unbeatable opportunity to learn about and study the marine environment and how it works.

Marine Science BSc (Hons)

This four-year course is Scotland's only multidisciplinary course in marine science designed to develop a rounded understanding of the marine system, integrating the studies of marine biology, physical and chemical oceanography and marine geology. Students gain a diverse range of numerical, technical, analytical, field sampling, time management and communication skills which make them hightly employable.

The course is administered and awarded by the University of the Highlands and Islands and is delivered face-to-face at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban on the stunning west coast of Scotland.

Course strengths

  • diverse and highly relevant modules delivered by active world class researchers
  • integration into a dynamic, supportive and international research culture
  • small class sizes, easy access to lecturers, high fieldwork and practical content
  • excellent learning and research facilities including research vessels and aquaria
  • stunning marine location with access to diverse coastal habitats and outdoor lifestyle opportunities
  • 95% student satisfaction
  • Personal academic tutor throughout your four year study
  • Opportunity to transfer to Arctic Studies stream

Career options for our graduates

Depending on specialist module and dissertation choices, our graduates can continue their studies for academic careers or apply for jobs related to activities including aquaculture, fisheries, marine conservation, energy, surveying, environmental management, biotechnology / pharmaceuticals, education, tourism or journalism. But we are also encouraging entrepreneurship and have thus seen a small number of new companies in a variety of fields emerge.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fundamentals of Marine Biology
  • Fundamentals of Marine Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Marine Geology
  • Fundamentals of Marine Physics 
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Field Course 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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120 alternative credits

Each year, students study six 20 credit (10 ECTS) modules, usually three per semester.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Three Highers at a minimum of BBC. At least two of these should be from the following list of relevant academic subjects.

BA (Hons) Literature requires Higher English at C or above (plus one Higher from the relevant subjects list)

  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Studies
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Media Studies
  • Language subjects
  • Maths
Sciences subjects (Human Biology and Biology will be counted as 2 separate Highers)Applicants with other relevant qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.

Paid by Erasmus

Living costs for Oban

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


As an international student you have a variety of funding opportunities available to you. You can contact our international office for advice on what funding you can apply for.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time international undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Marine Science with Arctic Studies (Hons)
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)


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