School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Marine Science

Undergraduate Marine Science

We nurture marine biologists of the future. You'll learn the role oceans play in global change.

Our Marine Biology students get the chance to visit the Bahamas to explore coral reefs and species like the sea turtle.

Our subject is vital in protecting the planet and we teach you about:

  • sustainable use of the seas
  • the conservation of sea life
  • marine management

Teaching excellence

We conduct cutting-edge research of global importance. It addresses issues such as:

  • climate change
  • biodiversity and habitat loss
  • ocean acidification
  • marine species invasion

Research active and internationally recognised scientists in this field will teach you.

Among them is Dr Alan Jamieson. He's discovered many of the deepest-living ocean species and identified threats to them.

Quality and ranking

Marine Science at Newcastle University ranks in the:

  • Top 200 – Earth and Marine Sciences category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) accredit our degrees. You'll meet a requirement for chartered marine scientist registration.

What our students say


You couldn’t be anywhere better than Newcastle. I’ve met so many lovely people in halls and on my course.


This year we will be going on an eight-day trip to Bermuda, which I am really excited to do since I’m very intrigued to see how different a tropical marine environment will be to the Northumberland coast.

Choose a Marine Science degree

Marine Biology BSc

You will learn about invertebrates, fish, seabirds and marine mammals, as well as plants, algae and cyanobacteria. You'll also explore the chemical and physical properties of the oceans and their impact on marine life.

Marine Biology and Oceanography BSc

You gain a deep understanding of ocean currents, waves, and the fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries.

Marine Zoology BSc

This degree explores animals in the marine environment, from single organisms right up to mammals such as blue whales. It has a strong emphasis on genetics, cellular and sub-organism processes, and provides an understanding of the marine environment in which animals thrive.