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University of Portsmouth

Marine Environmental Science

UCAS Code: F912
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments
Student score
77% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

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.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a Science based subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a Science based subject.

International Baccalaureate

5 points from a Higher Level 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).

UCAS tariff points

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).

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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


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


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

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Course description

How the seas and oceans affect us, and how we affect them. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course stands out as an integrated Master's degree designed to prepare you for progression into research. You are encouraged to undertake a placement year at the end of year 2 to gain valuable professional work experience. The school has excellent laboratories and analytical equipment, allowing you to gain experience of industry standard tests and techniques investigating marine water quality, marine life and pollutants. We also make use of our beachside Institute of Marine Sciences that houses extensive experimental and aquarium facilities. A range of boat trips and field trips allow you to undertake a broad range of marine field testing and observational exercises. Optional trips include study tours to Belize and Portugal. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE This course will help you to understand all aspects of the marine environment - how the seas and oceans affect us, and also how we affect them. This integrated Master's course will also help you to prepare for a potential career in researching these issues. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This degree is for those wanting to go on to a wide range of marine-relevant jobs, from marine ecology to pollution control. A passion for understanding how our seas and oceans work, the many natural cycles and processes that are involved and how we can, and do, influence them, will be invaluable. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Through our mixture of practical and classroom based work, you will gain important graduate skills in planning your work. Poster and spoken presentations will help you develop your communication skills. Field and laboratory work will help you develop teamwork and leadership. You will also have to plan and organise your own final year independent project that may involve considerations of health and safety, ethics and resource management. AFTER THE COURSE Recent graduates have gone into local government, regulatory bodies, water companies, sustainability roles, underwater exploration, green finance, environmental law, conservation and further study to master's or PhD level.


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.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 77% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
44% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
12% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
267 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
0% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is quite a specialist degree and although graduates are more likely to go to work in the environment and conservation than anything else, it can be dependent to an extent on securing funding and so the jobs market can be competitive. This is also one of those subjects where graduates don’t usually go to London to work, so if you want to work in the south-west — or overseas — this might be a good subject. Graduates tend to get jobs in the environment, and as lab technicians. They can also be targeted to fill our serious gaps in recruitment in surveying. Like a lot of other subjects, if you want a job in research, start planning to take a doctorate. The stats also include a small number of oceanographers and meteorologist who are often in demand.
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