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Marine Biology with Oceanography (BSc)

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Cost £9,250 for UK and EU students which can change throughout the years; £21,580 each year for international students.

You'll learn how marine plants and animals interact with their environment and respond to change. The course will give you knowledge about the biology of the marine environment, and how it relates to physical and chemical oceanography. Theory, field trips and lab work will prepare you for a career in research, wildlife management or government agencies.

This degree examines the biology of marine organisms within their environments, from intertidal coasts to deep sea and hydrothermal vent systems.

You'll become part of one of the largest marine science communities in Europe through the world-leading research institution, the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS). Our research vessels are only a 10-minute walk from the lecture theatres. Boat-based fieldwork is an important part of the programme.

With this course, you can:

  • gain detailed knowledge of marine biota and the physics, chemistry and sedimentology that influence them

  • cover a broad variety of topics, from hydrothermal vents to coastal lagoons

  • take part in a full fieldwork programme including residential trips in the first 2 years

  • complete an independent research project working alongside active research staff – this will set you up for career in further research or a specialised masters degree

  • select modules depending on your area of interest – for example, you can study palaeobiology and explore how fossils are used to study ecology

  • choose from a variety of semester abroad study opportunities

This degree provides access to a wider oceanographic perspective with an emphasis on marine biology. It provides a wide range of marine sciences skills and abilities and are aimed at biologists working across traditional subject boundaries in the marine environment. The breadth of modules, ranging from coral reefs to coastal oceanography, combined with four field courses, will prepare you for a career in marine science working on some of the biggest challenges facing oceanographic science today.

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

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling
Ocean Literacy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling
Marine spatial planning