BANGOR UNIVERSITY

Marine Biology

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

We are increasingly aware of the value of marine organisms for food, medicine and other products as well as for their role in influencing the climate. Marine Biology is the study of organisms that occupy 95% of the biosphere of our planet, living in conditions ranging from the polar seas (below -2℃) to hydrothermal vents (greater than 100℃). The majority of phyla are found in the oceans; the sizes of organisms range from the smallest micro-organism on the planet to the largest invertebrates (giant squid) and mammals (blue whales). This very popular course allows you to study the fundamental aspects of the biology of marine life as well as more specialised aspects such as aquaculture, fisheries and marine biotechnology.

Programme description

We are increasingly aware of the value of marine organisms for food, medicine and other products as well as for their role in influencing the climate. Marine Biology is the study of organisms that occupy 95% of the biosphere of our planet, living in conditions ranging from the polar seas (below -2℃) to hydrothermal vents (greater than 100℃). The majority of phyla are found in the oceans; the sizes of organisms range from the smallest micro-organism on the planet to the largest invertebrates (giant squid) and mammals (blue whales). This very popular course allows you to study the fundamental aspects of the biology of marine life as well as more specialised aspects such as aquaculture, fisheries and marine biotechnology.

Key Modules
  • Our School is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe.
  • We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea.
  • We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship which you will use during your studies.
Module & Subject

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Introducing the Oceans
  • Environment Data and Analysis
  • Marine Biology Practical 1
  • Organismal Diversity
  • Tutorial 1

Year 2

Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10. You will study all of the compulsory modules and choose one optional.

Compulsory modules:

  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Biology Practical 2
  • Marine Physiology and Behaviour
  • Prince Madog Cruise
  • Communicating Science

Optional modules:

  • Estuary and Shelf Sea Processes
  • Tides, Waves and Sampling

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10. You will study all of the compulsory modules and choose one optional.

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Extreme Marine Habitats
  • Intertidal Field Project
  • Marine Ecosystems and Practices

Optional modules:

  • Larval Ecology
  • Marine Conservation and Exploitation
  • Overseas Field Course VIMS
  • Air-breathing Marine Vertebrates
  • Sharks and their Relatives
  • Fish Biology and Ecology
  • Rivers, Coats & Oceans

You will carry out a research dissertation in which you do an independent study on topics related to any aspect of Marine Biology.

Entry Requirements

For 2019 entry:

  • 7.0 (6.5)
  • 136-112 tariff points including an accepted level 3 qualification* in Biology and usually one other science subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Psychology), plus Grade C in GCSE Maths, Double Award Science and English. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • Due to the academic requirements for this programme, BTECs, City & Guilds and Access courses are considered on a case by case basis.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • For those who wish to go on to follow the 4-yeaMaster of Marine Biology MMBiol,, you will be assessed for transition onto the Masters at the end of Year 2 of this BSc course.

For 2018 entry:

  • 136-112 tariff points including an accepted level 3 qualification* in Biology and usually one other science subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Psychology), plus Grade C in GCSE Maths, Double Award Science and English. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • Due to the academic requirements for this programme, BTECs, City & Guilds and Access courses are considered on a case by case basis.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • For those who wish to go on to follow the 4-year Master of Marine Biology MMBiol, you will be assessed for transition onto the Masters at the end of Year 2 of this BSc course.

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see (www.ucas.com)

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the  Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

 

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group

 

Foundation Campus

Oxford International Education Group

Pre - Sessional English

6 Month

Valid Agreement with NE

Yes

Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  14300.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Bangor Campus, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG uk
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER