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Anglia Ruskin University

Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation - with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: C161

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Marine biology

If you’re passionate about protecting our planet, our four-year marine biology course will give you the skills you need to make a difference. Use the foundation year to build your scientific knowledge, then progress onto our BSc (Hons) degree course which is recognised by the Society of Biology.

Individuals, organisations and governments around the world are increasingly concerned about the welfare of our planet and everything on it. This includes our marine environments where many factors, including human behaviour, have left a large number of species at risk.

Our degree course will prepare you for a career in marine biology, ecology or conservation. In your foundation year you’ll cover a broad range of subjects including biology, chemistry and maths, helping you to prepare for higher-level study. You’ll then move on to the first year of our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Conservation and Biodiversity.

You’ll spend the next three years exploring diverse ecosystems in our labs and develop a deep understanding of concerns and solutions of marine environments. You’ll learn about marine biodiversity locally and around the world, and explore conservation ecology, which aims to support, recover and maintain populations and their habitats.

On our field trips you might experience marine biology in Scotland; zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology oversea. In your third year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. There’s also a final-year residential at a UK marine biology station, which is included in your course fees. You’ll need to pay for any optional trips.

Cambridge is becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, with Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre based here. Throughout the course, you’ll have opportunities to attend lectures in the city and visit specialist museums and libraries.

If you choose our work placement year option, you could have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice at the Sea Life London Aquarium.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Biology of Cells
Biomolecules
Mathematics for Science
Chemical Principles
Physical Principles
Physiology
Biological Diversity
Introduction to Evolution
Year two, core modules
Wildlife and Conservation
Introduction to Marine Biology
Biomeasurement
Animal Form and Function
Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Animal Behaviour Research
Ecology
Evolution and Biodiversity
Year three, core modules
Being a Biologist
Field Skills in Biology
Marine and Terrestrial Communities
BioGIS
Biological Oceanography
Year three, optional modules
Evolution of Behaviour
Principles of Genetics and Evolution
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Parasitology
Year four, core modules
Biogeography
Wildlife Conservation
Practical Marine Biology
Countryside Management
Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
Undergraduate Project
Year four, optional modules
Mammalogy
Behavioural Ecology
Tropical Ecology and Management

Assessment methods

We’ll assess you regularly so that you can check your progress. We’ll use a range of methods, including exams, essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, reviews of scientific papers and laboratory skills tests.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
D

After graduation


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Biosciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Animal care and control services
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Marine biology

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