Faculty of Science and Engineering

Marine Biology

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C160

What you'll study

Much of your study will be field and research-based; however, you will also have regular lectures, tutorials, and seminars. Online resources are available to support and supplement your studies.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Biologists

  • Diversity of Life

  • Introduction to Environmental Science

    As well as providing an introduction to fundamental principles of environmental systems and the interconnectedness of humankind with the environment, this module introduces key practical skills needed in Environmental Science.

  • Ecology and Evolution

  • Practical Ecology

    A week long residential field course examining the ecology of specific habitat types found in the vicinity e.g. sandy and rocky shores, shallow water marine environments, woodlands, grasslands and the principles of ecological sampling. You'll implement a range of field-based sampling methods to collect data from a range of habitats and learn the principles of scientific project design.

Optional modules

  • Dive Training

  • Science Communication

    Communicating science effectively is a skill you will need within your degree and beyond. This module allows you to learn theory and practise of communicating a topic related to your degree, in a range of ways (video, writing, infographics) and for a range of audiences.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Aquatic Zoology

  • Marine Biology and Oceanography

  • Professional and Research Skills for Biologists

    Develop key experimental design and data analysis skills necessary for your degree. You’ll learn how to identify and evidence your skills and experience, to help you secure employment in the future.

  • Intertidal Systems

    Here we look at the temporal and spatial factors affecting composition and productivity of intertidal systems, and the sustainability of intertidal resources. Develop your field sampling and laboratory identification skills and apply them in an intertidal monitoring context.

Optional modules

  • Animal Form and Function

    The module provides an integrated view of animal biology by showing how ecology shapes morphology, physiology and behaviour in different animals and across different environments, from marine to terrestrial ecosystem.

  • Geographical Information Systems

  • Conservation Biology

  • Green Planet

    This module will introduce you to the fascinating world of photosynthetic organisms, from single celled marine algae to the giant trees of the tropical rain forests. You'll look at photosynthetic organisms from their biochemistry, genetics, physiology, ecological distribution and evolutionary history. Practical classes will teach you ways of investigating plants and algae in the lab and in the field.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

You choose to undertake a research project in a subject area of interest or undertake a work placement module in school or industry. A choice of destinations is usually available in the optional Field Studies module, however, you take Aquatic Resource Management as your core module as it is essential to your overall degree.

Core modules

  • Aquatic Resource Managament

    Learn key elements of aquatic resource management including status of aquatic resources, exploitation methods, management processes and sustainability. You will develop an understanding of key pressures on aquatic resources and identify impacts of fishing in terms of stock depletion and habitat destruction.

Optional modules

  • Sensory Physiology of Animals

    Discover the fascinating world of animal communication to learn how sensory systems control behaviour, and how this is applied and affected by human activity, including climate change.

  • Biology in Education

  • Field Studies

  • Independent Research Project

    This exciting module enables you to conduct original research in a subject of your choosing, within the broad area of Educational studies. You will plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Marine and Environmental Law

  • Polar Systems

  • Environmental Monitoring

    Examine the need for and context of field-based environmental monitoring strategies for both habitats and species. By taking part in fieldwork and research, you'll monitor a range of species, habitats and environmental factors. Choose from mammals, birds, herpatofauna, insects, terrestrial vegetation, freshwater monitoring and monitoring of marine communities.

  • Marine Challenges

  • Extinction

    Investigate and discuss questions on prehistoric, historical and contemporary extinctions, from genetic, evolutionary, ecological, paleoecological, geographical and geological perspectives.

  • Conservation in a Changing World

    We live in uncertain times, and predicting future trends in many environmental factors is difficult, but we do know that many aspects of the natural world are being significantly affected by human activity. In this module, you will explore how the natural world is responding and will respond to future changes, and how conservation science, practice and policy is being used to protect and enhance that world.

  • Practical Conservation

    Work in partnership with local environmentally orientated organisations to help further their objectives. You'll learn about the day-to-day practicalities of species/habitat management, population surveys, public engagement and promoting sustainable use of environmental resources.

  • Structured Research Project

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More about this course

The modern marine biologist has to rise to the challenge of conserving and managing marine resources effectively against a background of constant environmental change. They have to be familiar with the full range of marine organisms and habitats from tropics to poles, and be competent with survey and data analysis techniques to monitor marine biodiversity. This course is designed to develop your thinking and broaden your horizons by developing the practical skills necessary for a career in marine biology. It’s one of the few to offer subsidised PADI dive training as well as residential and overseas field trips. You will be taught by marine biologists who are leaders in their field, and you’ll gain high-quality research, professional and problem-solving skills.

This course has an emphasis on practical field work ensuring you develop key skills for describing the marine environment, and a range of study options allowing you to focus on your own areas of interest. The North Sea forms the ideal backdrop for the degree; making Hull an ideal place to study marine biology. With access to internationally recognised research facilities – including the world’s only submarium in The Deep – studying Marine Biology at Hull opens opportunities to gain rich hands-on experience as you learn. You can gain additional experience by undertaking work experience activities with local and national environmental organisations. The option of a foundation year offers the perfect way into this subject for those without a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Learn to scuba dive and become a PADI-certified advanced open water diver (extra fee may be payable).

Exciting field work opportunities in the UK or in destinations like Brazil, Malaysia or Mallorca.

Learn in superb facilities such as our botanical gardens and brand new environmental classroom.

We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. 

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have A level Biology/Applied Science at Grade C or above (or merit from relevant BTEC). Applicants taking the reformed A-level must also Pass the practical element.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 in HL Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including 18 credits in Biology at merit or higher

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

A number of our research areas, such as the University of Hull International Fisheries Institute and The Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, have consultancy and research links with government agencies, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, who regularly employ graduates.

The practical and multidisciplinary skills you learn are much sought after in governmental and non-governmental organisations. The field and laboratory skills are ideal preparation for a scientific officer career with organisations such as the Environment Agency or Fisheries Agencies, and linking these core biological skills to an understanding of marine management and environmental impact assessment may help towards a career in consultancy.

Students who are more conservation and education focused might pursue a career with a wildlife trust or conservation organisation. Students who develop diving qualifications could end up as scientific divers or dive instructors. Some of our research-focused students continue their studies by taking a taught Masters degree or by progressing onto doctorate or research Masters. There are opportunities for further study within the University of Hull.