Marine Biology (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

For more information about Marine Biology at Swansea University, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 15450 per year

All study options

About Marine Biology at Swansea University

Course Overview

Swansea was one of the first universities in the world to offer a single honours undergraduate degree in Marine Biology.

With our unique coastal location, we have easy access to a wide range of study habitats.

The course is highly practical and fieldwork based.

Our inshore research vessel is widely used for teaching.

All second year Marine Biology students receive training at sea.

All Marine Biology students attend a residential field course at the end of Year Two. Currently, this is based at Millport Marine Station, Isle of Cumbrae.

All final year students carry out an individual ten week research dissertation module based either in Swansea or on an overseas placement. In the last few years these have included locations such as Bermuda, Mexico, Indonesia, the USA and Australia.

The course has an emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in employability.

Key features

  • Zoology at Swansea is TOP 5 in the UK and 98% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
  • Biology at Swansea is Top in Wales and 97% for overall satisfaction [NSS 2017]
  • We are 16th in the UK for graduate prospects  [Complete University Guide 2018]
  • 97.3% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2013/14]
  • We are 7th in the UK for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • £4.2m investment in state-of-the art Science laboratories
  • £1.3m Visualisation Centre which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring - unique in the world!  
  • £1.3m investment in a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment
  • Degrees accredited by the Royal Society of Biology
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]

Course description

  • Swansea was one of the first universities in the world to offer a single honours undergraduate degree in Marine Biology.
  • With our unique coastal location, we have easy access to a wide range of study habitats including exposed rocky shores, steep cliffs enclosing sandy sheltered bays, salt marshes and estuarine mudflats.
  • The course is highly practical and fieldwork based.
  • Our inshore research vessel, the R.V. Noctiluca, is widely used for teaching and offers a platform for project work at sea.
  • All second year Marine Biology students receive training at sea.
  • All Marine Biology students attend a residential field course at the end of Year Two. Currently, this is based at Millport Marine Station, Isle of Cumbrae.
  • All final year students carry out an individual ten week research dissertation module based either in Swansea or on an overseas placement. In the last few years these have included locations such as Bermuda, Mexico, Indonesia, the USA and Australia.
  • The course has an emphasis on the development of personal and transferable skills to assist in employability.

Career prospects

As scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within biology and ecology.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Ecologist (Jacobs Engineering & CSA Environmental)
  • Delivery Officer (Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council)
  • Project Officer (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust)
  • Hydrometry and Telemetry Officer (Natural Resources Wales)
  • Benthic Taxonomist (Oceanology Ltd)
  • Wildlife and Education Officer (Ipswich Borough Council)
  • Crop Technician (Humber Growers)
  • Animal keeper (All Things Wild)
  • Quality Control Associate (Amgen Biovex Ltd)
  • Royal Navy Officer (Britannia Royal Navy College)
  • Research Assistant (TRP Research)

Find out more about employability

Swansea Marine Biology Graduates

Ever wondered what our marine biology students do after they have graduated from Swansea University? Check the Swansea Marine Biology Graduates Facebook Page for job, PhD and masters profiles. Also included are useful web links to marine biology job related sites:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Swansea-Marine-Biology-Graduates/151661738225359

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15450 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

  • A levels: grades ABB-BBB, to include Biology or Human Biology, or equivalent.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:  Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - Grades DDD plus at least one GCSE grade B in Science with GCSE Grades C in English/Welsh and Mathematics. Only science-based BTECs will be considered (excluding Animal Management and Health Science).
  • Scottish Highers: ABBCC to include Biology grade B.
  • Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (24 Distinctions to include 3 in Biology, plus 15 Merits). Only science-based Access will be considered (excluding Health Sciences).
  • IB: 33-32 to include 5 in Higher Level Biology or Human Biology.
  • IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or equivalent English test.
  • We may consider other qualifications if they are Science-based, if they are equivalent to A-levels, and if the content of the qualification includes significant amounts of Biology (i.e., equivalent to A-level Biology).
  • All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee's comments.
  • General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.
  • International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country. Contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Swansea University to prepare for your chosen course:

Location of Swansea University

Swansea University main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in the UK