University of Aberdeen Background Image
Image of University of Aberdeen
Applied Science and Basic Science
Marine Biology BSc
Marine Biology BSc

Marine Biology BSc

  • ID:UOA440028
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:

Fees (GBP)

Estimated Total/program:
Accept letter

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training), Overall - 6.0, Listening - 5.5 or above, Reading - 5.5 or above, Speaking - 5.5 or above, Writing - 6.0 or above

  • TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition (online)

  • The University accepts MyBest scores for the TOEFL iBT test in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date: Overall – 78,

  • TOEFL DI code is 0818, Listening - 17 or above, Reading - 18 or above, Speaking - 20 or above, Writing - 21 or above

  • Cambridge B2 First or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency, Overall – 169, Listening - 162 or above, Reading - 162 or above, Speaking - 162 or above, Writing - 169 or above

  • Duolingo English Test : Overall 105, Minimum of 90 in the sub scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production

  • LanguageCert Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) Communicator B2, Online, Listening - 33 or above, Reading - 33 or above, Speaking - 33 or above, Writing - 33 or above

  • PTE Academic, Overall - 59 or above,  Listening - 59 or above, Reading - 59 or above, Speaking - 59 or above, Writing  - 59 or above

  • Trinity ISE – Trinity Integrated Skills in English, Pass overall at ISE II with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.

Course Information

In Marine Biology you learn about the diversity of sea life, from the smallest plankton to the largest marine mammals, and investigate their evolution, physiology, ecology and management. You study a range of marine habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky shores, mudflats and estuaries, open ocean and the deep sea, in field- and lab-based practical work.

This programme provides you with a strong foundation in biological sciences, principles and methodologies, while providing you with expertise in marine science. The interdisciplinary nature of marine biology means that you will graduate with a holistic understanding of the sea. Your courses include topics in ocean biology, oceanography, marine ecology, population ecology, international laws and policy related to fisheries management, marine-based renewable energy and aquaculture.

More info: Click here

Year 1

In year 1 there is substantial marine content. Other optional courses covering a wide range of complementary subjects can be selected as enhanced study.

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009)

  • Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012)

  • Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511)

  • Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512)

  • The Cell (SM1501)

  • Oceans and Society - Sixth Century Course (SX1015)

Optional Courses

Select 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

In year 2 courses include Ocean Biology, Genes and Evolution, Ecology and Principles of Animal Physiology. You will also participate in a marine field course.

Compulsory Courses

Comparative Physiology 1 (BI2524)

  • Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018)

  • Ecology (BI2020)

  • Fundamentals in Marine Biology (BI25Z5)

  • Introduction to Genetics (BI2023)

Optional Courses

Select one of the below field courses, plus 30 credit points from by courses of choice.

  • Parasitology (BI25F3)

  • Coastal Biodiversity (BI25F2)

  • Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Field Course (BI25F1)

  • Field Biology (BI25F6)

  • Littoral and Sublittoral Marine Biology Field Course (BI25F8)

Year 3

Compulsory courses in year 3 include Marine Ecology and Ecosystems, Applied Marine Biology and Animal Population Ecology. You will also choose from a range of elective courses on many other specialist topics.

Compulsory Courses

Comparative Physiology 2 (BI3512)

  • Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010)

  • Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011)

  • Applied Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture (ZO3812)

  • Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (ZO3306)

  • Gateway to Honours Project (BI3511)

  • Population Ecology (EK3303)

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from second half-session courses of choice.

Year 4

In year 4, the Honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing advanced courses of your choosing.

Compulsory Courses

SBS Honours Project (BI4016)

Optional Courses

Plus at least two of the following courses, plus 30 to 45 credit points from courses of choice, to give a total of 120 credit points, at least 90 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences.

A graduating curriculum for the Honours programme must include 90 credit points from Level 4 courses.

  • Marine Biodiversity (ZO4820)

  • Sustainable Management of Marine Resources (ZO4540)

  • Sustainable Aquaculture (ZO4811)

See moreSee less

Pre Courses

No Course!
See moreSee less

Pathway Courses

No Course!
See moreSee less

Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

We are committed to the career progression of our students and we collaborate with the University’s Careers and Employability Service to ensure that you have numerous opportunities to explore career options, develop your employability and connect with employers.

  • The expertise and support of a dedicated careers professional who is a specialist in the types of careers and further study undertaken by Biological Science students.

  • A mentoring scheme run by the Careers and Employability Service linking current students with professional mentors.

  • An annual volunteering fair to connect students with appropriate organisations in conservation and the environment.

  • The exploration of possible careers and the development of employability from week 1, via the mandatory “Frontiers of Science” and PD1002 careers course.

  • One to one appointments to discuss students’ options, provide practical support around internships, placements and part time work and provide support for effective applications and interviews.

  • Regular opportunities through the “speed careering” programme for current students to meet and learn from Biological Sciences graduates.

  • Employer input to the design of the curriculum and in talks to students about career opportunities.

  • A university-wide co-curriculum programme aimed at developing key employability skills sought by employers.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

Same Courses

Close search