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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Marine Biology (Bachelor of Science (Honours) Marine Biology )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Cost 40020 Rand


Bachelor of Science
UKZN’s School of Life Sciences offers a three year undergraduate programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc).

This may be achieved in two ways:

1) Through a general and flexible BSc (Life and Earth Sciences Stream) with possible major subject combinations of any two of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Ecology, Genetics
  • Microbiology.

2) Through a specific focused BSc, which has a more directed outcome:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Industrial and Applied
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine Biology

Minimum entrance requirements:

  • NSC degree pass with Maths, English, Life Orientation and Agricultural Science Physical Science/Life Science at level 4.
  • Admission points required: 28-48 (highest scoring students taken first; BSc in Industrial and Applied Biotechnology requires a minimum point score of 30).
  • The closing date for applications is 30 September every year.

What is Marine Biology?

UKZN’s position within the African continent has led to the development of a unique Marine Biology programme able to service requirements from the southern African eastern seaboard and neighbouring Indian Ocean Rim countries.

The University's linkage with the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI-SAAMBR), the CSIR and EKZN Wildlife (all of them in Durban), plus close working relations with other institutes involved in marine research and management outside the province, have led to a suite of academic programmes developed to attract both national and international students/scientists and place the UKZN as a center of expertise in tropical and sub-tropical marine biology.

On the research side, the largest component of the marine research initiative has historically comprised the Estuarine Research Programme. Estuaries are arguably the most threatened of all South African marine ecosystems, as they cover a small surface area but are subject to extreme levels of utilization. 

Structurele componenten
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Fysische en chemische oceanografie