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University of Chester

Marine Biology

UCAS Code: C160

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

The Department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry: GCE A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science

Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

including 5 in HL Biology

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

including Biology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

BTEC Extended Diploma (Marine Biology or Applied Science): DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

including Biology

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Marine biology

This course provides graduates with advanced theory and practical skills that are essential for working in the field of Marine Biology.

The Oceans provide us with key resources. This degree aims to provide graduates with a broad understanding of the fundamental aspects of the biology of life as well as more specialised aspects such as fisheries, marine animal behaviour, conservation genetics and marine pollution. Students will visit a range of local habitats and have the option to go overseas to undertake field work on a tropical coral reef. The degree will culminate in their dissertation. Graduates will be equipped with relevant and evidenced competency in the application of marine biology to practical settings, providing access to a wide range of employment opportunities or postgraduate level study.

At Chester you will be taught a broad degree with subjects from genetics to biodiversity, physiology to marine impacts. Our staff have both national and international research, industry and consultancy experience, and use this to inform their teaching. Our department is friendly with an open door policy and uses a variety of teaching methods to assist students with all learning needs. students appreciate the sense of community. All students will be assigned a personal academic tutor who will support them throughout their degree.

The University of Chester is located in close proximity to the Dee Estuary which comprises the marine areas of The Dee Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA) and Dee Estuary / Aber Dyfrdwy Special Area of Conservation (SAC) with internationally important wetland species.

We have an excellent team to support students throughout their time with us and including careers advice for when they leave. With a marine biology degree from Chester you will enter the sector as a work ready graduate who is able to hit the ground running either within the sector or with a broader career should you so choose.

Modules

For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment methods

There will be a range of assessment methods with a balance between course work and examination. Course work includes: essays; laboratory and field reports, oral and poster presentations a management plan and a dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Chester

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Marine biology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

97%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Ecology and environmental biology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,320
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
46%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Science, engineering and production technicians
16%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Other elementary services occupations

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