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Marine Biology BSc (Hons) (Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost £9,250

This degree aims to provide graduates with a broad understanding of the fundamental aspects of the biology of life as well as more specialised aspects such as fisheries, marine animal behaviour, conservation genetics and marine pollution. Students will visit a range of local habitats and have the option to go overseas to undertake fieldwork on a tropical coral reef. The degree will culminate in their dissertation. Graduates will be equipped with relevant and evidenced competency in the application of marine biology to practical settings, providing access to a wide range of employment opportunities or postgraduate level study.

At Chester you will be taught a broad degree with subjects from genetics to biodiversity, physiology to marine impacts. Our staff have both national and international research, industry and consultancy experience, and use this to inform their teaching. Our department is friendly with an open door policy and uses a variety of teaching methods to assist students with all learning needs, students appreciate the sense of community. All students will be assigned a personal academic tutor who will support them throughout their degree. 

The University of Chester is located in close proximity to the Dee Estuary which comprises the marine areas of The Dee Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA) and Dee Estuary / Aber Dyfrdwy Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with internationally important wetland species.

We have an excellent team to support students throughout their time with us and including careers advice for when they leave. With a marine biology degree from Chester you will enter the sector as a work-ready graduate who is able to hit the ground running either within the sector or with a broader career should you so choose.

Job prospects

Our graduates are well equipped with both transferable skills and the specific skills required for a career in marine biology (perhaps in wildlife conservation, fisheries or marine habitat restoration) or a broader career (policy-making, NGO or scientific journalism).


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Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling
Physical and chemical oceanography