Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University
Location: Lectures are held in Bangor whilst all practicals are held at the Menai Bridge site
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.
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.
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.
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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.
You study 120 credits in each year.
All modules are worth 20 credits.
Some modules are worth 20 credits and others 10.
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.
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.