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University of Portsmouth

Marine Biology

UCAS Code: C160

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

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points to include 3 A levels, with Biology at grade B. Applicants will normally need to pass the separate Science Practical Endorsement.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54, to include a Principal Subject in Biology at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 6 points from a Higher Level in Biology. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include Higher Level Biology at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Must be in a Science subject.

112 Tariff points, to include Biology at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

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.

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Marine biology

**Overview**
Our oceans are under threat, so there's never been a greater need for experts in marine biology. 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 (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 course 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

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles and that will complement your studies.

Our partners include commercial, research and non-profit organisations such as:
- Maidenhead Aquatics

- Field Studies Council

- ORCA

- Blue Marine Foundation

You can also get involved in high-profile research projects through the Institute of Marine Sciences.

**Placement year**
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work or research experience. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

**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 our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means you can apply for membership after the course. Membership benefits include access to a professional network of biologists and the opportunity to go to conferences.

Modules

Start your studies with an excellent foundation, through a mixture of lectures, workshops, practicals and field courses you will gain advanced understanding in marine ecology and oceanography, evolution, experimental biology, microbiology and molecular biology. During your second year you will begin your process of marine specialisation, while expanding the knowledge set from the first year through a number of core units. You will experience offshore boat sampling and receive training on species identification from a global leader in marine consultancy. For many students, the highlight of this year is the residential field course in a tropical or temperate location. This gives you the experience to develop exceptional field and team working skills. In the final year you will gain an advanced understanding of marine systems and organisms including: physiology, aquaculture, fisheries and the management of coastal ecosystems. Then apply your skills and knowledge as you undertake an individual research project on your own research interests.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of ways, with the main examination assessment usually taking place at the end of the year, but with coursework throughout. We assess your work through written exams, course work in the form of practical write ups, posters and oral presentations and an individual research project.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Marine biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ecology and environmental biology

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Marine biology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

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£25k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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