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BSc in Applied Marine Biology (Full Time)

Bangor University

Bachelor Degree , Marine Biology

Course Description

The increasing use of the seas and coastal zones presents marine biologists with many challenges. How do we maximise sustainable fishing yields while minimising adverse ecological effects on seabirds, marine mammals and other components of the ecosystem, farm marine species without polluting coastal areas, and manage increasing tourism and industry in the coastal zone while preserving marine biodiversity? This course will give you the training in marine biology needed to consider these important ecological issues. The course differs from single honours Marine Biology in that the emphasis in tutorial material and your final-year dissertation is on applied aspects of the subject, such as fisheries, aquaculture, anthropogenic effects on marine organisms and on natural marine products. There is a placement year in Year 3 in which you have the opportunity to apply your skills in a work environment.

The increasing use of the seas and coastal zones presents marine biologists with many challenges. How do we maximise sustainable fishing yields while minimising adverse ecological effects on seabirds, marine mammals and other components of the ecosystem, farm marine species without polluting coastal areas, and manage increasing tourism and industry in the coastal zone while preserving marine...

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Course Content

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Marine Biology Practical 1
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Introducing the Oceans
  • Environmental Data & Analysis
  • Organismal Diversity
  • Tutorial 1

Year 2

Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10. You will study all of the compulsory modules and choose one optional.

Compulsory modules:

  • Marine Biology Practical 2
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Physiology and Behaviour
  • Prince Madog Cruise
  • Communicating Science

Optional modules:

  • Estuarine and Shelf Sea Processes
  • Tides, Waves and Sampling

Year 3

  • Placement

Year 4

Some modules are worth 10 or 20 credits. You will study all of the compulsory modules and choose two optional.

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Intertidal Field Project

Optional modules (choose 5):

  • Coastal Water Processes
  • Extreme Marine Habitats
  • Air-breathing Marine Vertebrates
  • Sharks and their Relatives
  • Larval Ecology
  • Overseas Field Course (VIMS, USA)*
  • Marine Conservation and Exploitation
  • Marine Ecosystems & Processes
  • Fish Biology and Ecology

You will carry out a research dissertation on topics that have an applied aspect such as cultivation or nutrition of aquaculture species, marine environmental surveys, effects of fisheries on the environment.

Year 1 Compulsory modules: Marine Biology Practical 1 Ecology and Evolution Introducing the Oceans Environmental Data & Analysis Organismal Diversity Tutorial 1 Year 2 Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10. You will study all of the...

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Entry Requirements

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science required.

Typical offer is based on a minimum 128 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (including B grade Biology and usually 1 other science subject - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in Biology and another science subject)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science**: DDM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental**: Distinction
  • Access to HE Science**: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here. 

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

**Similar subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.

GCSE: grade C/4 in English, Maths and Double Award Science required. Typical offer is based on a minimum 128 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.: A Levels (including B grade Biology and usually 1 other science subject - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Economics, Psychology; excluding General...

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Assessment Methods

Your practical work is continually assessed and examination of each module is by multiple choice questions (MCQ), laboratory tests and written examinations. The dissertation is assessed by a presentation and a report.

Your practical work is continually assessed and examination of each module is by multiple choice questions (MCQ), laboratory tests and written examinations. The dissertation is assessed by a presentation and a report.