Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons)

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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

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.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Career Prospects

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.

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 2014–15 academic year:

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1
Semester 2

Optional Modules

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Programme Specification

  • 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.

Contact us:

Please contact:

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

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