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"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 home. Our responsibility.

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.

Problems are only problems until solutions are found. Find your solutions at the University of Hull. Let's get on with it.

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

Study life beneath the waves with our BSc (Hons) Coastal Marine Biology degree. Or you could take the plunge and study our new Environmental Science degree.

Undergraduate degrees

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • BSc (Hons) Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Geology with Physical Geography
  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geology with Physical Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Geography

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. 


What do microplastics mean for our oceans?

Odds are that when you’re washing your face or spin cycling your clothes, you’re probably not thinking about the state of a whale’s stomach. Or what’s lurking inside your next cod and chips, for that matter.

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Plastics collaboratory

The Plastics Collaboratory is a diverse group of researchers from across the University. It aims to understand the pathways and interactions of plastics in the environment, identify the gaps and leaks in a plastics circular economy, and explore and develop new pathways to an enhanced circularity in plastics use.

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Rivers of plastic

Rivers of plastic

A team of researchers from the University of Hull are documenting plastic waste in one of the world’s most polluted mega-rivers, with the aim of developing solutions to mitigate the mounting issue.

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Shore Crab with eggs and larvae

Ocean acidification threatens marine life

Our scientists discovered how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making our seas more acidic, making it harder for marine creatures to find a mate, locate food or sniff out predators.

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Sullied Sediments

Chemicals in our waterways

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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We love what we do

Meet our environmental experts