Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: CC13
  • Bangor code: BSc/BMZ
  • Course length: 3 years

Location: Lectures are held in Bangor whilst all practicals are held at the Menai Bridge site

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Please contact:

Admissions Administrator
School of Ocean Sciences
Tel: 01248 382851
E-mail: sos-ug-admissions@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences

Course Overview

This specialist degree regularly recruits 20-30 students and is taught within the College of Natural Sciences between the Schools of Ocean Sciences and Biological Sciences. The Marine Biology element covers animals, seaweeds, plants and microbial life in the seas and their interactions. The Zoology part covers all animals whether on land or in water. The degree therefore gives a wide overview of the diversity of animal life and ecosystems on this planet, ranging from the mountains to the deep sea trenches. The course shows how interactions between animals and their environments apply equally to marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of biology, ecology, and evolution of marine organisms and all animal groups. In addition, more applied aspects such as aquaculture and fisheries, parasitology and immunology are covered. 

Read the course leaflet.

There is also a 4-year Master of Marine Biology MMBiol option available. In Year 4 of the Master of Marine Biology, you will carry out a substantial piece of research which forms your Year 4 dissertation.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • This Marine Biology and Zoology course is unique to Bangor.
  • Bangor's location makes it an ideal place to study terrrestrial and aquatic habitats, with easy access to both the mountains and the sea for field trips.
  • Staff in both Schools are active in research and their teaching is at the cutting edge of biology.
  • Facilities include a large research vessel, small workboats, tropical marine, temperate marine and freshwater aquaria, an underground laboratory for the study of soil fauna, and a zoological museum.
  • The teaching laboratories in the School of Ocean Sciences are a few metres from the sea, enabling you to collect marine animals and study them in the laboratory in the same practical period.

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

The Marine Biology and Zoology course course typically involves up to 30 hours per week of lectures, practicals (laboratory and fieldwork), private study, tutorials and project work. Many modules include day field trips. In year 2 there is a day trip and a field course based on the research vessel and in year 3 hypothesis testing exercises are undertaken during the intertidal field project. These are free and compulsory. You also have the option of an overseas field course in Virginia, USA. 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.

What will I study?

You study 120 credits in each year.

Year 1

All modules are worth 20 credits.

Compulsory modules:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Introductory Research Skills
  • Marine Biology Practical 1
  • Organismal Diversity
  • Tutorial 1

Year 2

Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10.

Compulsory modules:

  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine Biology Practical 2
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Physiology and Behaviour
  • Tutorial 2
  • Vertebrate Biology

Year 3

Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10. You will study all of the compulsory modules and choose several optional. Optional modules are paired together and you will only choose one optional module from a pair of modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation (in Marine Biology or Zoology)
  • Intertidal Field Project

Optional modules:

  • Advances in Behaviour
  • Animal Survival Strategies
  • Fish Biology
  • Herpetology
  • Larval Ecology
  • Marine Conservation and Exploitation
  • Marine Processes and Systems
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • Overseas Field Course VIMS

You will carry out a research dissertation in which you do an independent study on topics related to any aspect of Marine Biology or Zoology.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Marine Biology and Zoology Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

The course is ideal preparation for careers in research, conservation, fisheries and aquaculture, government advisory bodies, the scientific media, ecotourism and other leisure industries and pressure groups.

Employability and the School of Ocean Sciences

The School of Ocean Science's 'hands on' approach to teaching is well known in the marine science community and we have close links with offshore industries which employ many of our graduates.

Employers know that Bangor graduates have practical as well as theoretical skills.

An Ocean Science degree not only provides sound scientific knowledge of the marine environment, but places strong emphasis on the key skills which are highly regarded by employers.

Depending on their degree and specialist module choices, graduates from the School of Ocean Sciences can apply for jobs in:

  • Coastal and water resource management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Pollution monitoring/treatment and waste disposal management
  • Coastal and offshore engineering, hydrography
  • Remote sensing
  • Sea bed exploration and surveying
  • Research institutes
  • Universities
  • Water companies
  • Government laboratories (including Environmental Agency and CEFAS)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Oil and gas industries
  • Aquaculture industries
  • Marine conservation
  • Fisheries
  • Ecotourism
  • Fish and shellfish culture
  • Oceangraphic institutes
  • Marine environmental impact studies
  • Hydrocarbon companies
  • Marine environmental consultancy
  • The Environment Agency
  • Policy Making (e.g  the European Union)
  • Regulatory Authorities

Employability and the School of Biological Sciences

As a graduate with a good degree from the School of Biological Sciences, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a Biological Sciences degree is essential, and careers for which Biological Sciences provides a useful base.

In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a Biological Sciences degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.

Find out more on the School's 'Careers for our graduates' pages.

 

Work Experience and Volunteering

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Find out more about how the BEA can help you...

Entry requirements for this course

  • 280-320 points at A2/AS level (or equivalent) including A2 in Biology and one other science subject (Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science), plus Grade C in GCSE Maths, Double Award Science and English
  • We consider Access applicants and mature students on an individual basis.
  • For those who wish to go on to follow the 4-year Master of Marine Science MMSci, you will be assessed for transition onto the Masters at the end of Year 2 of this BSc course.

General entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

  • International Baccalaureate:
    You will usually need to have been awarded the full diploma and offers may vary according to the course you are applying for.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:
    We accept a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Advanced Diploma that is equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Access courses and mature entry:
    We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students.

International Students

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for application information. If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Office on 01248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

IELTS Courses and Accreditation

Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:

We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.

More information

  • E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk
  • Or write to:
    Admissions Office
    Bangor University
    Gwynedd
    LL57 2DG
  • Tel: 01248 382017

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You can keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for further information on applications.

Confused about how to apply?

If you’re not quite sure how to proceed and would like to find out a little more then perhaps our Going to University site will help.

Why study with the School of Ocean Sciences?

  • The School of Ocean Sciences is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe
  • We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea
  • We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship called Prince Madog
  • The School was rated 'excellent' in the most recent UK-wide assessment of teaching quality and
  • We gained 4 out of 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise
  • Our excellent facilities include tropical marine, temperature marine and freshwater aquaria, an algal culture unit and specialised nutrition and microbiological laboratories.
  • Bangor's location makes it an ideal place to study terrestrial and aquatic habitats, with easy access to both the mountains and the sea for field trips
  • Seabird, seal and dolphin populations are resident and accessible for field study
  • The teaching laboratories in the School of Ocean Sciences are a few metres from the sea, enabling you to collect marine animals and study them in the laboratory in the same practical period
  • We have an innovative approach to teaching – including plenty of 'hands on' practical work.

 

Why study with the School of Biological Sciences?

  • Bangor has a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences.
  • We were awarded a "4A" rating in the UK wide Research Assessment Exercise, demonstrating the national and international calibre of both teaching and research.
  • Our students enjoy being here and expressed their praise for the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided by the School of Biological Sciences
  • The staff have a strong commitment to providing excellent teaching and care for their students.
  • We have excellent facilities for the study of both flora and fauna - these include snake, lizard and fish collections a Botanic Garden and a Natural History Museum.
  • We offer a wide range of degrees in the Biological Sciences encompassing "traditional" disciplines such as Zoology and Biology to Biomedical Science, Medical Biology and Biology with Biotechnology.
  • We offer the opportunity to study at a university in the U.S. for all or part of the second year.
  • Bangor is an ancient, historic Cathedral and University city, and our unique location provides access to a wide range of superb natural environments from the beaches of Anglesey to the mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
  • Many of our students enthusiastically participate in outdoor activities, and sailing, hillwalking, rock climbing, paragliding, canoeing, scuba diving and surfing are extremely popular.
  • We have a sports centre with excellent indoor sports facilities of all sorts, including a climbing wall.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea -has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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