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Biological and Marine Science courses

Biological science is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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. And you learn from the best: a close-knit team of world-leading researchers and award-winning academics.


All our undergraduate courses include real-life, hands-on experience that employers look for.

Whether that’s learning professional lab skills and developing your data analysis techniques. Or training to be a PADI-certified scuba diver and carrying out fieldwork in the UK and overseas.

We’re constantly reviewing our optional modules. So everything you learn reflects the cutting edge of the subject and the latest research by our staff.

Biology at Hull is ranked top 10 in the UK for assessment and feedback* and value added.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • Biology

    Gain professional lab skills, get to grips with everything from genes to ecosystems, learn in the field on an overseas work experience trip … This is truly a hands-on biology degree.

  • Biochemistry

    Explore the fascinating interface between biology and chemistry that leads to the complexity of life.

  • Environmental Science

    Now more than ever, we need scientists who understand the forces shaping our planet. That's where you come in. Choose this degree, and from day one you'll tackle real problems, find real solutions and start making a real difference to the world.

  • Marine Biology

    The North Sea + The Deep + PADI-certified scuba dive training + field trips to locations like Brazil and Egypt + world-leading researchers = the perfect place to study marine biology.

  • Zoology

    Want to understand animals better? And learn how to better protect them? You're in the right place. Explore all aspects of animal life, from a subcellular level to entire ecosystems. Then focus on a species that fascinates you, and a specialist area that could become your career.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MSc Artificial Intelligence


    Advance your knowledge of artificial intelligence and get ready to lead in this fast-moving field on our part-time, online MSC Artificial Intelligence course.

Postgraduate Research


Choosing Hull opens up a world of opportunity. You’ll get the chance to experience horizon-expanding field trips to far-flung parts of the globe. And closer to home, our botanical gardens offer a stunning location for teaching and field work exercises.


Choose our Dive Training module and become a PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Diver as part of your degree. *An extra fee may be payable.

students on mallorca field trip

You'll benefit from exciting field work opportunities. Locally, we have our own botanical gardens and the internationally important Spurn Head Nature Reserve for bird migration work. Overseas trips have included Brazil, Indonesia, and Mallorca.

student examining biological matter while in lab gear

Learn using industry standard technologies, like super computer facilities and new genomics and microbiology laboratories, which benefited from a £200k investment in new equipment in 2021. Other facilities include a 33,000 litre tropical aquarium to research major evolutionary questions.


Our graduates enjoy outstanding employment prospects. Popular career destinations include biologist, conservationist, fisheries officer, environmental consultant, polar biologist, researcher, zoologist and pharmacologist.

** UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2019/20, published by HESA 2022

93.1% of Marine Science students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating**

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Our research

We are at the forefront of biological and environmental research. From tackling climate change to pioneering the use of environmental DNA, our researchers are helping to protect and enhance the world we live in.

Find out more



The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.


*National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only

‡ (8th) The Guardian University Rankings 2023