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University of Portsmouth

Marine Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F912

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at grade C.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48, to include a Principal Subject in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics). 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 a Higher Level Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at H3.

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

D*D*

Must be in a Science based subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM

Must be in a Science based subject.

104-120 Tariff points to include a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics) at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

92%
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

Subjects

Environmental sciences

Ocean sciences

**Overview**
Marine environments represent more than 95% of the world’s biosphere and supply 80% of the world's oxygen. On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science degree course, you'll develop your understanding of this vital resource and learn how to protect its delicate ecosystems from climate change and overfishing.

You’ll graduate primed for a career in areas such as marine environmental consultancy, marine conservation, coastal management, and underwater exploration and conservation. You'll also set yourself up to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

**On this course you'll:**
- Study marine environments, from the tiniest plankton to the massive effect of global warming on our oceans

- Make use of our laboratories and beachside Institute of Marine Sciences, packed with expert staff, advanced analytical equipment, and experimental and aquarium facilities

- Get to grips with essential tests and techniques, including the study of marine water quality, marine life and pollutants

- Make the most of our location on Hampshire's coastline and put what you've learnt to the test with boat trips on the Solent and field trips to surrounding areas

- Get Student Membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and Associate Membership of the IES when you graduate

**You can also:**
- Conduct research in places such as Malta, Portugal and Belize

- Learn specialist skills while you study, such scientific and technical diving in unit certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)

- Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions – these include Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

**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 research opportunities that will complement your studies.

**Placement year**
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in industry or in research.

Our coastal location means there are many placement opportunities nearby. Previous students have been on placements to Dover Harbour Board and Portsmouth Waters.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

**Careers and opportunities**
The ongoing threats to our natural environment mean the world needs people with the specialised scientific knowledge to safeguard marine resources for future generations. This means you'll have plenty of job opportunities after the course.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:
- environmental consultancies

- sustainability specialists

- underwater exploration

- conservation

- wildlife protection

- coastal management

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- geographical information scientist

- environmental consultant

- spatial analyst

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course you can apply for Associate Membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and get Chartered Membership of the IES within 4-5 years, with appropriate work experience. Chartered Membership of the IES is required in many environmental careers.

After you graduate, 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 degree course is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), which is the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Science (IES). This shows the course is high quality and industry relevant.

Modules

In the first year of your studies you will be introduced to a wide range of environmental topics and issues. You’ll also have the option to transfer to BSc (Hons) Environmental Science after your first year. The second year allows you to focus upon particular areas of interest as topics become more specialised. Your third year will give you another selection of specialised units, as well as enabling you to develop environmental assessment techniques. This is also the year of your final project and there are plenty of opportunities for you to gain valuable research experience.

Assessment methods

Assessment is a mix of coursework and exams. However, your coursework can take a variety of forms including fieldwork or lab notebook recordings, reports, site surveys, computer-based exercises, environmental data analysis, posters, projects and presentations.

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.

80%
med
Ocean sciences

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.

Environmental sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

Earth sciences

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

79%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Environmental sciences

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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Earth sciences

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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Natural and social science professionals
15%
Engineering professionals
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.

Environmental sciences

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

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£23k

£23k

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.

Ocean sciences

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

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£19k

£21k

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£23k

£23k

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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