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Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad) BSc (Hons)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

You will train with internationally-recognised scientists using state-of-the-art learning environments and laboratories housing the latest equipment, while taking advantage of our wide range of fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas. In your first year, you will explore marine ecology on our rocky shore ecology residential field trip. You can immerse yourself in biodiversity studies during the optional coral reef expedition to Indonesia in your second year, before studying oceanography and marine conservation on an elective field trip to the Greek Mediterranean Islands in your final year.Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. This four-year version of our degree allows you spend the third year abroad, or employed on a placement abroad, whilst otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course. Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable and organised.With a placement on our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, you can work as a research assistant in one of our laboratories over the summer before embarking on your final year research project under the guidance of your academic supervisor. You will gain extensive professional skills to apply your knowledge in any field of modern marine biology. This will equip you with flexibility in your career choice, including the possible continuation of your studies for a Master's degree or at PhD level.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,080per year

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University information

University of Essex

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  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    51st out of 100 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    104 47%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%



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