BSc (Hons) Marine Biology – University of Portsmouth, marine biology degree.#Marine #biology #degree


Marine Biology

Course Overview

The marine realms covers 70% of our planet and represents over 95% of the biosphere. It is home to most of the biodiversity on our planet, and supplies 80% of the world’s oxygen. Yet this vital global resource is under threat from human activities – climate change, pollution, over fishing and habitat destruction. With these challenges, the need for dynamic, interdisciplinary and applied marine biologists has never been greater.

With over 70 years experience of marine biological research, our Marine Biology degree aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience to play an active and positive role in the future of our seas.

What will I experience?

We look forward to working alongside you on your journey to become a confident and skilled Marine Biologist. On this course you can:

  • Use state-of-the-art equipment to explore marine ecosystems and study marine organisms
  • Carry out inshore or offshore practical work on our research raft or vessels
  • Take your research project overseas and perform fieldwork in another country via our links with many study abroad schemes

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Institute of Marine Sciences has an established international reputation for research and teaching, and receives funding from many sources including industry, research councils, and government agencies. These links produce various research opportunities for our staff and students, and could be a great route to future opportunities upon graduating.

Graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Society of Biology. This entitles them to membership benefits which include access to professional networks and attendance at conferences. Associate members are awarded the post-nominal letters AMSB.

  • academic or industrial research
  • marine consultancy
  • conservation
  • science teaching
  • scientific writing

Transfer to the MBiol courses

You can apply to transfer onto the MBiol courses in your second year if you decide that you would like to continue with your studies after the third year. In order to be able to do this, you must satisfy the criteria for progression stated in the MBiol course handbook.

Marine biology degree

We have some of the best facilities in the UK and with access to the marine environment and our research vessel only metres away it is a fantastic place to do marine biology.

Robert Mansergh, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology student 2013

Key Facts

112 points to include 3 A levels, or equivalent, with 40 points from A level Biology. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. See full entry requirements

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

2017/18 entry: full time: 9,250 p/a*

2017/18 entry: full time: 14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Marine biology degree

Marine biology degree

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

Find out more about what it’s like to study marine biology here at Portsmouth.

Structure Teaching

Year one

Start your studies with an excellent foundation, through a mixture of lectures, workshops, practicals and field courses you will gain advanced understanding in marine ecology and oceanography, evolution, experimental biology, , microbiology and molecular biology.

This also gives you a chance to change to another course in a biological science should you wish to change the direction of your studies.

  • Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology
  • Experimental Biology
  • Graduate Skills

Year two

During Year 2 you begin your process of marine specialisation, while expanding the knowledge set from the first year through a number of core units. You will experience offshore boat sampling and receive training on species identification from a global leader in marine consultancy. For many students, the highlight of this year is the residential field course in a tropical or temperate location. This gives you the experience to develop exceptional field and team working skills.

Core units in this year include:

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Oceanography
  • Microbiology
  • Plant Science
  • Basic and Scientific Diving
  • Practical Boating Skills
  • A foreign language

Year three

In this year you will gain an advanced understanding of marine systems and organisms including: physiology, aquaculture, fisheries and the management of coastal ecosystems. Then apply your skills and knowledge as you undertake an individual research project on your own research interests.

Core units in this year include:

  • Coastal Ecosystems
  • Applied Marine Biology
  • Marine Ecophysiology
  • 3rd year research project

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Aquatic Microbiology
  • Global climate change of Marine Systems

Unit information

For more details of unit syllabuses and skills please read the Marine Biology unit info sheet

Teaching

You will experience a variety of teaching methods, which include laboratory-based practical work and a number of field trips reinforcing the theory learned in lectures, workshops and tutorials. Also, our personal tutorial system ensures that you have someone to provide help with any academic or pastoral problems.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 29% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 71% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 27% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 73% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 40% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 60% studying independently and 0% on work placement

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of ways, with the main examination assessment usually taking place at the end of the year, but with coursework throughout. Here s how we assess your work:

  • written exams
  • course work in the form of practical write ups
  • posters and oral presentations
  • individual research project

The way you re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 52% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 41% by coursework
  • Year two students: 48% by written exams, 26% by practical exams and 26% by coursework
  • Year three students: 47% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 49% by coursework

Tutor’s view

Marine biology degree

Course Leader, Marine Biology

Our Marine Biology course aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge to play an active and positive role in the future of our seas. You will learn about the vast range of ecosystems across the marine biosphere, and gain a deep understanding of the biodiversity and function of marine organisms, from phytoplankton to cetaceans. Given the enormous challenges we face as a planet – the need for dynamic, interdisciplinary and applied marine biologists has never been greater. We look forward to working alongside you on your journey to become a confident and skilled Marine Biologist.


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