Undergraduate

c161 - Marine Biology BSc

Marine Biology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C161 (3 Years)

Course Overview

Our Marine Biology BSc Honours degree provides you with a holistic understanding of human interaction with the marine environment.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
C161

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 34-35 points

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.

We place particular emphasis on sustainable management of this precious ecosystem, and you'll explore challenging issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change.

You will enjoy high levels of practical experience – using our coastal laboratory and research vessel – and develop skills for a range of careers in the marine sector.

We are one of the largest marine schools in Europe and our location near the coast provides fantastic fieldwork opportunities.

Highlights of this degree

Student profile

I love the options for travel to study the difference in marine life from around the world compared to the North Sea. This year I am on a field trip to Bermuda and conducting my dissertation in the Bahamas!

Emma, Marine Biology BSc Honours
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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one of the following optional modules:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one of the following optional modules:

You take one of the following optional modules:

Other optional modules may also be available.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Careers

Marine Biology careers

The seas are key to the UK's economy and quality of life. Through its contribution to primary energy supplies, ship-borne trade, fisheries, marine aggregates, tourism and recreation, the UK's marine environment plays a large part in our nature conservation heritage.

Concern for the environment means that employers are increasingly seeking graduates with Marine Science training. Graduates from our degrees have gone into careers as aquarists and marine biologists, in marine research, wildlife management and conservation work. Others have continued their studies in areas such as clean technology and renewable energy.

Studying Marine Science equips you with some very specific skills according to your particular course or specialism but also encourages the development of a broader set of transferable skills. These specific and the generic skills prepare you for a variety of jobs both highly related and totally unrelated to the marine environment. Careers in teaching and law, are also very popular with our graduates.

Further study at university offers training for careers in research. Research skills and the ability to solve problems are useful in both environmental and non-environmental-related jobs. It is possible for Marine Scientists to progress to Senior Research Scientist and management level positions.

Qualities such as self-motivation, teamwork ability and leadership may also be gained through non-academic activities and work experience and prepare you for a range of careers.

Find out more about the career options for graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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