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Aberystwyth University

Marine and Freshwater Biology

UCAS Code: C164
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

96%

Subjects
  • Biology
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
85% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BBC-BBB (Biology at grade B or Human Biology at grade B).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

DDM

International Baccalaureate
30

5 in Biology at higher level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

96%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Why study Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University? You will have access to two research vessels that give you hands on experience of the range of skills used by professional marine and freshwater biologists and a modern aquarium facilities aquarium systems for experimental studies of marine and freshwater organisms. We have passionate teaching staff that conduct world-leading research across a wide range of marine and freshwater subject areas. You may have even seen some of them on TV documentaries explaining the secret lives of aquatic organisms. You will have a chance to participate in two residential field courses, each focused on either marine or freshwater biology. You can access wonderful museum and herbarium full of historic specimens collected from around the globe by generations of famous Aberystwyth University scientists. We have invested over £55 million in infrastructure of student facilities.

Modules

Year 1: Biology of the cell; genetics; animal diversity; biological molecules and methods; metabolism; molecular laboratory skills. Options: study and communications skills; vegetation and ecosystems; microbial diversity; biological thought and discovery; the biosphere. Year 2: Aquatic micro- and macrophytes; marine biology; evolution and molecular systematics; freshwater biology; work experience; research methods; advances in invertebrate zoology; monitoring the environment; aquatic and terrestrial microbial ecology; coastal environments; vertebrate anatomy; hydrochemistry. Year 3: Freshwater biology fiend course; marine biology field course; population and community ecology; aquatic animal physiology; fish biology, fisheries and aquaculture; dissertation. Options: brains and behaviour; conservation genetics; threats to natural ecosystems; environmental law; communication research.

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University has a proud history dating back to 1872 when it was established by the people of Wales as the first Welsh University. Despite continuing expansion both of buildings and of student numbers, Aberystwyth has retained its traditional friendly intimacies, its vigorous student social life, and its high academic standards.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

18%
82%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
54%
46%

Year 1

51%
49%

Year 2

32%
61%
7%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

71%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

75%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
295 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 85% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. If you want a career in biology research – and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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