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Study Biological and Marine Science at Hull

Your job will be vital: studying biological systems to provide solutions to global challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change, food security and global health crises. So you need a degree that lives up to that. At Hull, you learn from the best: a close-knit team of world-leading researchers and award-winning academics.

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Our students tackle real problems, find real solutions and start making a real difference

Biological and Marine Sciences at Hull give you the skills to deal with global challenges, from genetic engineering through to protecting our precious marine resources.

Whether you want to understand the human microbiome, get practical conservation experience or survey coral reefs, you'll be working with researchers who are helping to protect and enhance the world we live in.

When you choose Hull, you’re at the centre of one of the UK’s most important aquatic habitats. The North Sea, internationally recognised research facilities – including The Deep – and the rest of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle are on your doorstep.

Fieldwork opportunities here are exceptional – both at home and overseas. Our students get the chance to work in far-flung places like Brazil and Egypt. On top of this, we offer part-funded PADI advanced scuba dive training as part of your degree.1

Dive deeper

Become an Advanced Open Water Diver with PADI scuba dive training.1 Learn about safe practice, equipment, good technique, and scientific diving.


That's how much we invested in new teaching equipment in 2021. Learn using industry standard technologies, like our new genomics and microbiology lab.


Three of our friendly, supportive lecturers are winners of the Royal Society of Biology’s 'Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award'.

Home and away

Take the knowledge and skills you've learned in UK settings and apply it further afield in locations such as Mallorca, Brazil or Egypt.

Top 10 in the UK

Our Biology courses are top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects2 and top 15 in the UK for Feedback Satisfaction,3 giving you more scope for success.

Real-world skills.
Real-world impact.

With enviable field, analytic and lab skills under your belt, you can pursue a wide range of careers.

Our team gives you expert advice and training. We’ll help you explore your options and progress into a career you’ll love. You’ll learn how to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews and meet employers at on-campus events.

Take a look at what our students do after they graduate.

Biology Graduate Beth Zolana

Beth Zolana

Having graduated with a Biology Degree in 2021, Beth Zolana now works as a Biomedical Associated Practitioner with the NHS.
james yearsley, hull biology graduate

James Yearsley

As a young person, James Yearsley had a keen interest in nature and a desire to understand the amazing diversity of life.
Hannah Lightley, MSc Marine Biology graduate

Hannah Lightley

We caught up with Hannah Lightley, a MSc Marine Biology graduate who now works at Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Choon Fuller

Having graduated with a degree in Zoology in 2018, Choon is now a graduate ecologist at infrastructure consulting firm AECOM.

Grace Marner

Biology graduate Grace Marner chose to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
piers bolton, hull zoology graduate

Piers Bolton

As an 18-year-old, Piers Bolton knew he wanted a job that would involve working outdoors.
Marine Biology Graduate Jess Hotten

Jess Hotten

As an 18 year-old, Jess Hotten had an ambition to work in marine conservation.
Biology Graduate Kathryn Billane

Kathryn Billane

Having graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biology, Kathryn is now pursuing her passion for research as a PhD student at the University of Hull.

Egypt, Mallorca, Brazil, Yorkshire...

Field trips are an essential component of our Biological and Marine Sciences degrees at Hull.

Our location inside the Yorkshire Nature Triangle gives you easy access to some of the UK’s most important habitats, such as the shores of the Humber and the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Throughout your degree there will be lots of opportunities to take part in fieldwork and field-to-lab activities. Depending on which modules you choose, you may find yourself learning to dive, engaging in practical conservation, surveying rocky shores or carrying out Phase 1 habitat surveys.

Surgeon Fish Shoal Feeding@2x
students in the Advanced Training Lab
group of students on brazil field trip

First stop: your degree in Biological and Marine Science

Next stop:

Environmental Scientist

Biochemistry researcher

Ecological consultant

Conservation advisor

More to explore

Gain real world practical skills in the lab and in the field, with access to industry standard facilities. Use our super-computing power for genomic analysis, our 33,000 litres of tropical aquaria, and our flexible teaching labs to enhance your studies.

Do it your way

In your first year, you start with a broad and varied programme. Then your second year teaches you a thorough grounding in essential biology studies. And finally, your third year gives you the chance to specialise in areas that could become your future career.

You’ll control the emphasis of your studies with opportunities to focus on topics that interest you, allowing you to build a course to suit your passions and ambitions.

With our support through specialist modules, you get to study the exact degree you want. 

Diverse and globally-impactful research

Our lecturers are a small, friendly, supportive group, including three winners of the Royal Society of Biology’s 'Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award'.

They incorporate their excellent and impactful research into their teaching, making for a wide choice of final-year projects with specialisms to suit the needs of your studies.

Our teams have close links with industry, statutory nature conservation organisations as well as the Hull Marine Laboratory, which provides high quality commercial services within the sector.

Your next steps

We’re here to help at every stage of your journey to university, whether you’re looking for a course, or you’re ready to apply. If you have any questions, just get in touch. You can also receive important updates from us using the form.


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1. Module options include PADI-certified Open Water & Advanced Open Water Diver training (extra fee may be payable), subsidised for students in the School of Environmental Science (including Environmental Science and Marine Biology).

2. (Zoology, Joint 9th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.

3. (Biology, 11th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.