Our Marine Biology BSc Honours degree provides you with a holistic understanding of human interaction with the marine environment.
You learn about invertebrates, fish, seabirds and marine mammals, as well as plants, algae and cyanobacteria. You 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.
Marine Sciences at Newcastle ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
The degree is very hands-on and you gain practical experience through laboratory classes and fieldwork.
You will enjoy high levels of seagoing experience on our brand new research vessel, with a series of North Sea offshore practicals.
These train you in essential skills required by marine biologists and zoologists including:
You will also take part in a number of field trips throughout the course, including an overseas residential field course in Stage 3.
You undertake an overseas residential field course during your final year – we offer a choice between a European and non-European location each year. Recent locations have included:
You may also undertake your final-year dissertation overseas at a location of your choice and we will support you in setting up this project. This is an opportunity to explore your personal interests, and past projects have included scuba-diving-based research and observing great whales.
These are exciting opportunities to experience new cultures, to network with scientists in other marine institutions, and to see the diversity of marine science on a global platform.
They will also broaden your appreciation of the spectrum of marine careers available to you around the world.
Studying marine sciences at Newcastle equips you with skills for a profession in a growing sector, and we are highly respected in this area.
You will see marine management in action through the University's collaboration with a wide range of organisations that monitor, assess and devise policies on some of the key issues affecting the marine environment.
This includes the Marine Management Organisation in Newcastle, whose role is to regulate and manage the seas around England and Wales.
We also have staff representation on the regional fisheries committees, on the regional biodiversity committee, and on other prominent national organisations.
You will be part of the School of Marine Science and Technology. This is one of the largest marine schools in Europe, attracting more than 300 students each year.