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BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Freshwater Biology

Course Description

Situated on the coast of Cardigan Bay with a hinterland rich in rivers, streams and lakes, Aberystwyth University is the ideal location to study of Marine and Freshwater Biology. Easily accessible habitats range from mountain streams bearing salmon and trout and unique habitats for freshwater invertebrates, through estuaries of international importance, to sandy beaches, rocky reefs, salt marsh and a bay that is home to the largest residential population of bottlenose dolphins in the UK.

  • IBERS is home to two research vessels that give you hands on experience of the range of skills used by professional marine and freshwater biologists.
  • As student at Aberystwyth University, students will benefit from a modern aquarium facilities which includes aquarium systems for experimental studies of marine and freshwater organisms.
  • All of our students are taught and mentored by passionate teaching staff that conduct world-leading research across a wide range of marine and freshwater subject areas. You may have even seen some of them on TV documentaries explaining the secret lives of aquatic organisms
  • During the duration of the course, all students will have an opportunity to participate in two residential field courses, each focused on either marine or freshwater biology
  • IBERS is also home to a wonderful museum and herbarium full of historic specimens collected from around the globe by generations of famous Aberystwyth University scientists. This facility will be invaluable for your final year projects.  
  • We have invested over £55 million in infrastructure of student facilities ensuring that you are taught in dynamic spaces that fosters innovation and success.

Situated on the coast of Cardigan Bay with a hinterland rich in rivers, streams and lakes, Aberystwyth University is the ideal location to study of Marine and Freshwater Biology. Easily accessible habitats range from mountain streams bearing salmon and trout and unique habitats for freshwater invertebrates, through estuaries of international importance, to sandy beaches, rocky reefs, salt...

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Course Content

In your first year you will explore:

  • Evolution & the diversity of life;
  • Comparative animal physiology;
  • Ecology;
  • Plant biology;
  • Genetics;
  • Biochemistry;
  • Microbial diversity;
  • Field and laboratory skills.

In your second year you will discover:

  • Marine biology;
  • Freshwater biology;
  • Applied aquatic conservation;
  • Aquatic botany;
  • Research design, planning and analysis;
  • Optional modules include: vertebrate anatomy, animal behaviour and microbial ecology and environmental monitoring. 

In your third year you will study;

  • Marine and Freshwater Biology Field Course – currently run in Portugal and Scotland;
  • Dissertation which provides students with the opportunity to perform an in-depth research project under the guidance of a supervisor;
  • Optional modules include: Fish, fisheries and aquaculture, wildlife conservation, behavioural physiology and population and community ecology. 

In your first year you will explore: Evolution & the diversity of life; Comparative animal physiology; Ecology; Plant biology; Genetics; Biochemistry; Microbial diversity; Field and laboratory skills. In your second year you will...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh and Mathematics BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5 points...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, worksheets, reports, statistical exercises, dossiers, posters, portfolios, wikis, reflective diaries, literature reviews, magazine articles field notebooks and exams. 

You will be assessed through essays, practical exercises, oral presentations, worksheets, reports, statistical exercises, dossiers, posters, portfolios, wikis, reflective diaries, literature reviews, magazine articles field notebooks and exams.