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I'm considering applying to study marine biology at university as well as straight biology.
Firstly what are the best universities in the country for marine biology? and secondly would anyone advise taking marine biology to begin with or taing straight biology then specialising in something similar?
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My half brother did Marine Biology at Portmouth i think and he has a job totally unrelated to his degree...
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I was going to do marine biology at Glasgow but changed my mind because I want a land-based job, and nothing land-based interested me in marine biology. There's a sort of vaguely related family member who did it there, and he's definitely a marine biologist now, doing stuff he loves, but other than that I have no details I'm afraid.
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Obviously I'm going to say Southampton, but Plymouth, Liverpool, Newcastle are meant to be good. Plymouth especially so.

As with what to take, if you plan on staying within marine biology after you leave university, then you are at no disadvantage in doing a marine biology degree. However, if you see yourself going into a different field of biology, away from the aquatic side, then perhaps a biology degree would be best, which you can then specialise with into marine biology when you do a masters/phd if you eventually want to end up in the better side of biology

Edit: forgot Glasgow, which is also meant to be good.
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i have a friend applying for marine and freshwater biology this year. I think his first choice was split between Aberystwyth and Hull, which apparently isn't as bad as he thought it would be.
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(Original post by Aurora.)
I was going to do marine biology at Glasgow but changed my mind because I want a land-based job, and nothing land-based interested me in marine biology. There's a sort of vaguely related family member who did it there, and he's definitely a marine biologist now, doing stuff he loves, but other than that I have no details I'm afraid.
Glasgow, surely marine biology should be close to the sea?
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Glasgow, surely marine biology should be close to the sea?
If they're like St Andrews, then they do a general biology degree, which you can then specialise onto marine biology with certain modules.

All I know is that one of my friends had Glasgow down as his second, he was an international as well so he was going somewhat on international reputation.
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Glasgow, surely marine biology should be close to the sea?
They have a station in Millport and they do work in Loch Lomond too.

http://www.gla.ac.uk/marinestation/
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A lot of what i would post i have said before; just look for my posts in these threads and it basically gives a rundown of the top unis for marine biology and a bit of why i think this etc. Also, i applied with AAAAA predicted and my UCAS choices are on my profile so they may help you decide as well.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...0#post26928580

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...8#post26910468

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...1#post26848221

Should be some information in those that can help you out.

As for your second question i would ask yourself this. 'Are you 100% sure that you want to do something related to marine biology in the future?' I was in exactly the same position as you last year, i didn't know whether to go for marine biology, zoology or biology. I answered no to that question; i'm now at a better university (UCL) than where i would have probably gone (Plymouth). I have a wider range of options for the future as UCL is more well known and the degree is very broad; i can do any of the biology related modules.

If you answer yes then do a marine biology degree; you'll enjoy it more than general biology and i would say that marine biology bsc is better than biological sciences bsc when applying to postgrad courses.

The other option if you're not sure is to go to St Andrews; it's a 4 year degree program and you do general biology in the first and second years then specialise in the third and fourth years into areas that include marine biology. That would give you two more years to decide whether you want to do general biology, zoology, ecology, marine biology etc. Either way, make sure you visit St Andrews before applying because it is definitely not a uni for everyone; 3 main roads and no nightclubs just doesn't appeal to a lot of people, myself included.
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(Original post by orca92)
A lot of what i would post i have said before; just look for my posts in these threads and it basically gives a rundown of the top unis for marine biology and a bit of why i think this etc. Also, i applied with AAAAA predicted and my UCAS choices are on my profile so they may help you decide as well.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...0#post26928580

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...8#post26910468

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...1#post26848221

Should be some information in those that can help you out.

As for your second question i would ask yourself this. 'Are you 100% sure that you want to do something related to marine biology in the future?' I was in exactly the same position as you last year, i didn't know whether to go for marine biology, zoology or biology. I answered no to that question; i'm now at a better university (UCL) than where i would have probably gone (Plymouth). I have a wider range of options for the future as UCL is more well known and the degree is very broad; i can do any of the biology related modules.

If you answer yes then do a marine biology degree; you'll enjoy it more than general biology and i would say that marine biology bsc is better than biological sciences bsc when applying to postgrad courses.

The other option if you're not sure is to go to St Andrews; it's a 4 year degree program and you do general biology in the first and second years then specialise in the third and fourth years into areas that include marine biology. That would give you two more years to decide whether you want to do general biology, zoology, ecology, marine biology etc. Either way, make sure you visit St Andrews before applying because it is definitely not a uni for everyone; 3 main roads and no nightclubs just doesn't appeal to a lot of people, myself included.
Thanks im gonna visit st. andrews i think and see if i like it. im also considering south hampton (but probobly without the year abroad). I also think i may apply to oxford for biological sciences (providing i get the grades).
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Southampton, Newcastle, Liverpool etc., but Bangor also has quite a good reputation for marine biology and is a good back up. It also is quite easy to get onto the undergrad masters at Bangor as it is same grades as normal degree. If you are worried about doing a terrestrial job, I wouldn't worry too much. I had the same worry, but a lot of jobs I looked at just wanted some form of biology/ecology/environmental science degree. They don't really care if you are a marine biologist because you have still got all the skills a normal biologist/ecologist would have, you have just chosen to specialise in a specific ecosystem.
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I found that a vocational degree course worked well for me, with lots of practical work and the chance to do vocational work in industry. The course at Blackpool and the Fylde college is validated by Lancaster University so Its good but has loads of industry based content and small numbers. Well worth checking out.
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Hull is close to the sea and has the worlds only submarium
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only 89% of people where satisfied with it though
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