B.Sc. On Campus

Marine and Freshwater Biology

University of Glasgow

48 months
23950 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Marine and Freshwater Biology programme of the University of Glasgow is teaching students about the study of the world’s aquatic environments.


We have an Exploration Society to help you organise and conduct scientific expeditions to all parts of the world.

You can take the Marine and Freshwater Biology programme of the University of Glasgow as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year, between the third and final years of the degree. This is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation such as a research institute in the UK or overseas.

The available final-year optional courses are subject to change each year. Places on optional courses may be limited, so students are not guaranteed a place on a particular final-year option.

Career Prospects

Your qualification is an entry point to a wide range of careers that demand the analytical and science-based communications skills developed during this degree programme. Our graduates move into many careers including conservation, environmental management, fisheries and aquaculture. Many choose to continue on to postgraduate study.

Career Options

  • Fisheries project officer
  • Environmental filmmaker
  • Environmental specialist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Conservation project manager
  • Marine scientist
  • Consultant ornithologist
  • Research scientist
  • International wildlife consultant
  • Ecologist

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.

Year 2

  • In semester 1, you will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology. In semester 2, you will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (eg animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology).

Years 3, 4 and 5

  • If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will study a wide range of topics including animal diversity and its classification; ethical aspects of scientific work; evolution and ecology; wildlife conservation; animal behaviour and animal welfare; environmental management (aquatic pollution); and aquatic environments. There are also visits to hatcheries, fish farms and aquaculture projects.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (ABBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups)
  • MD40 – AABB
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

Widening Participation Articulation Programmes

  • The University has bespoke HNC Articulation Programmes running at various colleges, offering direct entry to Year 2 of this degree.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level Biology or Chemistry.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Biology or Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23950 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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.

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