MSc in Marine Biology

General information

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides advanced training in marine biology with a strong emphasis on practical training.

The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University has over 50 years experience of teaching at postgraduate level, and excellent teaching and research facilities for the study of the marine biology. Undergraduate teaching was graded excellent in the last Teaching Quality Assessment, and research was graded 4* in the Research Assessment Exercise. NERC has designated the School as a Centre of Excellence in Coastal Seas, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. 

The MSc course in Marine Biology is one of a suite of 4 focused MSc courses in marine science run within the School. New students on this course are inducted to the University and School via an introductory course consisting of orientation through site tours, excursions and social events, and 5 weeks of quantifying biological variability, learning Information Technology, and practising presentation skills. Pre-sessional English language training courses are also available for overseas students.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Marine Ecology Skills (20)
  • Habitat Ecology/Coastal Survey (20)

Semester 2

  • Marine Fisheries (20)
  • Marine Vertebrates (20)
  • Marine Invertebrates (20)
  • Research Design & Planning (20)

credits from:

  • Research Project /Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)

The aims of the master programme are:

  • To provide natural science graduates with a more specialist knowledge of marine biology.
  • To broaden awareness of the importance of biology to the shelf seas.
  • To provide theoretical and practical training in marine biology.
  • To enhance those skills necessary in research presentation and decision making.
Contact Person: Dr Ian McCarthy (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "0521 - Ecology", "0511 - Biology


Venue: Bangor University
Bangor, United Kingdom

School of Ocean Sciences
Menai Bridge Anglesey, LL59 5AB, UK



UK/EU applicants: £6.611
Non-EU applicants: £13.800

For more information about tuition fees, see Tuition fees


Degree Requirements 
Applicants are normally expected to have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree for admission and to have a background in a Biological Science or related subject area. We also accept mature applicants (age 25+) who do not meet the entrance qualifications, but with at least 2 years relevant experience.

Language Requirements 
The figures in brackets represent the minimum score required in each component of the English language test. e.g. IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5. 
Please note: R= Reading, L= Listening, S= Speaking, W= Writing

IELTS: 6.0 (6.0)

Pearson PTE: 62 (58)

TOEFL IBT: 85 (R-20, L-20, S-20,W-20)

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form. Complete, sign and return the application form to the Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor​ (see address below). After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results. Please contact the School of Ocean Sciences for funding information prior to sending an application form.

Postgraduate Admissions Office, Bangor University 
College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG 
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: you may submit an application form at any time during the year, but for admission in September, applications must be submitted before 31 July of that year.

Grant Opportunities:

Some funding may be available for eligible applicants. Please contact the School for details.There are also several funding options for postgraduate studies on the website of the University (link 1, link 2).

All information can be found here


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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