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BScMarine Biology

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,450.00 per year
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On our marine biology course you dive into a fascinatingly complex world of whales, coral reefs, fish, deep sea trenches, coastal lagoons, sea ice, and tropical seagrass beds. The vast majority of life on earth is found under the sea; but exactly how much remains unknown, since there is so much still to be explored.

At Essex, we take you on a journey of discovery from the poles to the tropical reef systems of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. We work on ecosystems from estuaries and coastal environments to oceanic systems, and on conservation and resource management.

You gain an expert knowledge of marine biology through study of essential core modules and the flexibility to specialise in the areas that interest you most, including:

- The major types of marine communities, including aquatic mammals and fish
- Direct and indirect human impact on the marine environment
- Coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove systems
- Marine and freshwater taxonomy and biodiversity
- Diving and snorkel-based practices

Your individual research project allows you to develop your own interests. Previous topics have included shellfisheries and water quality, turtle ecology in Greece and coral reef conservation strategies in the Caribbean and Indonesia.

Programme structure

Year 1

Scientific and Transferable Skills for Biosciences
Marine Biology Field Skills
Genetics and Evolution
Plant Biology and Ecosystems
Animal Evolution, Ecology & Behaviour
Marine Ecology

Year 2

Marine Biology Residential Field Course
Marine Biodiversity
Professional Skills for Ecological and Marine Scientists
Marine Vertebrates
Coral Reef Biology (optional)
Ecology: Populations and Communities (optional)
Biodiversity and Conservation (optional)

Final year

Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences
Estuarine and Coastal Ecology Field Module
Fisheries Ecology
Pollution: Impacts and Management (optional)
Conservation Management and Practice (optional)
Sustainability (optional)
Freshwater Ecology (optional)

Career opportunities

Following your degree in Marine Biology you can opt for further study, or pursue careers as varied as conservation, writing and editing for scientific publications, research or consultancy for coastal-based organisations.

Our students have taken up a wide range of careers in research laboratories, consultancies, business and industry, conservation practice and environmental assessment. Others have gone on to work in sales, publishing and management, while others still have chosen to enhance their career opportunities by studying for MSc or PhD degrees.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the following high profile organisations:

New Earth Solutions
Engine Group
Cromwell Council
Postgraduate marine and environmental biology

Apply now! Fall semester 2019/20
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application period has ended
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States