University of Aberdeen

The Marine Biology course is designed to provide a broad based set of generic and specialist skills for future employment. Marine Biology graduates find full-time employment in a wide range of exciting careers. Employers include fisheries laboratories, government and non-government conservation organisations, local government, environmental protection agencies, and research bodies.

First Year

Marine Biology is represented in the first year by a tutorial course which focuses on topics in Marine Biology and substantial marine content in Organismal Biology. There is also an optional interdisciplinary course titled Oceans and Society. First year normally includes foundation Biology and Chemistry courses with optional courses cover a wide range of complementary subjects, including Tools for Science, Land Management, Environmental Science, and Computing Science.

Second Year

Second year courses progress studies in Ocean Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Life and a Marine Field Course. Courses in Genes and Evolution, Community Ecology and Microbiology are recommended, but alternative courses can be selected from a wide range of subjects.

Third Year (Junior Honours)

Third year courses are in Marine Ecology and Ecosystems, Aquatic Biology, Conservation and Exploitation, Environmental Physiology, Animal Population Ecology, Animal Evolution and Biodiversity and Experimental Design, Analysis and Presentation. Students also choose from a range of courses covering Animal Behaviour, Plant/Animal Interactions, Biology and Control of Infectious Diseases and many other specialist topics.

Fourth Year (Senior Honours)

Students carry out an independent research project in Marine Biology, often in collaboration with an external organisation or occasionally as part of a deep sea research cruise. Students also undertake an extended essay. There is a choice of advanced courses in Sustainable Marine Resource Management, Abyssal and Hadal Environments, Marine Benthic Ecology and Sustainable Aquaculture. The breadth of options is extended by courses in Biological Timing, Bioethics, Wildlife Conservation and Management, Community Ecology, Advanced Immunology and Advances in Vector Biology. Students improve their transferable skills through presentations, groupwork, problem-based learning exercises and team building activities.

Entry requirements

SQA Highers BBBB*
A Levels BBB*
*including good performance in at least two Mathematics/Science subjects.

Advanced Entry:
Advanced Highers ABB or A Levels ABB, including Biology and Chemistry.

Course link: Marine Biology

Study options

Junior Honours 3 years - Senior Honours 4 years

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