Our home. Our Responsibility.
Unless we take radical action, there will be more plastic than fish in our waters by 2050
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum

Our rivers and oceans are our lifeblood – a resource that connects us all and provides us with food, travel, trade, recreation, inspiration and beauty.

But climate change and pollution are threatening to destroy our marine environment and unless we take rapid action, the consequences for marine life and the ocean ecosystem could be devastating.

At Hull, we’re rising to the challenge and helping to solve some of these problems – find out more about the impact of our research, how you can make a difference by studying with us or join us in our pledge to use less plastic. 


Our research makes a difference

We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. Here is just a selection of our marine research.


Microplastic pollution in the food chain

Our research has found Microplastics and other debris in 100 per cent of mussels sampled from around the UK coast, and those bought in supermarkets.

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Shore Crab with eggs and larvae

Ocean acidification

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making our seas more acidic, making it harder for creatures to smell out danger.

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Sullied Sediments

Sullied Sediments

Chemicals found in personal care products and pharmaceuticals are accumulating in our rivers and estuaries and altering the gender of wildlife and their ability to reproduce.

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Delve deeper and study at Hull

Inspired by the BBC’s Blue Planet II and want to dive in deeper?

Our BSc (Hons) Coastal Marine Biology degree scored 100% for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.  Or you could take the plunge and study our new Environmental Science degree, which starts in September 2018.

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology BSc (Hons) Environmental Science BSc (Hons) Biology BSc (Hons) Zoology

Postgraduate study

Gain an in-depth understanding of the causes and impacts of environmental change, and the skills and tools to monitor and manage them.

MSc in Environmental Change, Management and monitoring MSc in Environmental Change, Management and monitoring MSc In Public Engagement and Science Communication

We have three funded PhD opportunities available to investigate ocean acidification issues around the cause-and-effect between aquatic environmental change and organismal stress response. 

PhDs - Molecular Stress in Changing Aquatic Environments


Meet our environmental experts

Join our pledge to use less plastic – tweet us @UniofHull using the hashtag #MyPlasticPledge