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Marine Biology BSC (HONS)

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost Full-time home/EU £9,250; Full-time international £15,240 per year

This course will enable you to gain a systematic understanding of key aspects of the marine environment, including the animals, as well as a detailed insight into the industry that relies on it. The curriculum is contemporary, managing to strike a fine balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skill learning.

Practical training is particularly relevant, and will be delivered during two residential field trips. The first one, in the second year of study, will be carried out in Dale (Wales), at the renowned Dale Fort Field Station. The second trip will be organised at the beginning on the third year, in Kavala, Greece, in collaboration with the national Fisheries Research Institute.

The programme aims to prepare future leaders, figures whom, thanks to skills acquired at the University of Salford, will be actively involved in managing and preserving the oceans.

You will:
  • Develop the skills necessary to manage and preserve our oceans
  • Have the opportunity to get real-world experience through field trips and placements
  • Combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills


In year one you will study a range of topics across several modules covering both theory and practice across the biological and environmental sciences.

The highlight of year two is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.

In the final year, modules will have a special focus on the most applied and up-to-date topics relating to the marine system, like fisheries science and marine management.


Marine Biology graduates can enter a wide range of career paths. These include careers related to the wider sciences training such as science communication and publishing, science administration, to marine life conservation and management. Other graduates may go on to work in the environmental consultancy industry, marine biotechnology as well as research institutes and government agencies.

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project



You should be interested in the study of the marine environment and processes, its biodiversity, challenges faced and management.


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Environmental protection technology