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BSc (hons) Zoology with Marine Biology Foundation Year

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost Full-time home/EU £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in biology and environmental issues, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Zoology with Marine Biology degree course at the University.

It is ideal if you want to develop your career along a zoological and marine biology pathway but have a non-scientific background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an honours degree. This course may also be attractive if you are returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

The new BSc (Hons) Zoology with Marine Biology is the first of its kind in the north-west, managing to strike a fine balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skill learning. Thanks to the supportive learning environment, you will gain a systematic understanding of key aspects of biodiversity, and conservation, learning how these apply to the marine environment. 

Practical training is particularly relevant, and will be delivered during two residential fieldtrips in coastal locations. 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.

You will:
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of basic biology and other aspects of environmental studies
  • Gain a broad, basic knowledge of biological principles and environmental studies to prepare you for more advanced study


During the foundation year you will study modules which will increase your knowledge and understanding of basic biology and other aspects of environmental studies. There is an emphasis on both understanding and problem solving in addition to practical and communication skills. These skills will aid and enhance your performance on the honours degree.

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

The highlight of year three is the opportunity to go on another excellent residential field trip to Greece, within the Fisheries Science module.



Graduates from this course 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.


This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our international Foundation Year course page.

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



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


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
Scientific modelling