Marine Biology MSc

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Marine Biology
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year full-time

This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides advanced theoretical and practical training in marine biology. The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University has over 50 years’ experience of teaching at postgraduate level, and excellent teaching and research facilities for the study of the marine biology.

The MSc course in Marine Biology is one of a suite of 5 focused MSc courses in marine science run within the School housed in a fully serviced and dedicated postgraduate suite. The MSc course is managed by a course team comprising of Dr Ian McCarthy (Course Director), Dr Luis Gimenez (Deputy Course Director) and Chris White Postgraduate Course Administrator. The School has 30 academics teaching and researching across the marine science disciplines of Marine Biology, Biogeochemistry, Physical Oceanography and Geological Oceanography with 24 technical and administrative support staff. Teaching on the MSc Marine Biology is provided 'in house' by School academic staff in the main, with additional teaching provided from the University's School of Biological Sciences the National Museum of Wales and by guest lecturers.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course provides training addressing the following major themes:

  • Marine Ecology Skills
  • Habitat Ecology / Coastal Survey
  • Marine Fisheries
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Research Design & Planning
  • Research Project / Dissertation

The programme is achieved through a series of compulsory modules encompassing theory, practical, private study and practical research.

Modules for the current academic year

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a 2(i) undergraduate Honours degree for admission and to have a background in a Natural Science or related subject area. We also accept applicants with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree and mature applicants (age 25+) without formal qualifications, but with suitable relevant experience (usually 2+ years).

IELTS: 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) is required.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

Graduates of our Biological MScs have taken up the following career paths in recent years:

  • Public Sector, e.g. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Waterways Board, County Councils, Fisheries Protection Committee, National Rivers Authority/Environment Agency, EEC Environmental Commission.
  • Private Sector, e.g. Aquatic consultancies specialising in survey and environmental impact assessment, aquaculture, oil industry, mining, instrument development, informatics and computing.
  • Voluntary organisations such as World Wide Fund for Nature, Greenpeace, Wildlife Trusts, RSPCA, Royal Geographical Society.
  • Higher Education and Research, e.g. Doctorate Research, Research Assistants.
  • Overseas students return to comparable posts overseas.
  • UK students employed overseas in comparable posts.

Funding

Some funding may be available for eligible applicants. Please contact the School for details.

Further information

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