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    Would a Marine Biology degree from Southampton be considered a soft degree? By doing pure Biology I'd be able to keep my options open and still specialise later if I chose to go into academia but not sure if I'd like the course as much. Would I be any more employable outside of research/academia with a pure Biology degree from the same uni?

    Marine Biology is not soft. Do a degree that you want to do and want to go into the area of in the future. If you want to go into marine biology research, then a marine biology degree is best. If you want to go into an area of biology but aren't sure, then do a biology degree. If you don't want to go into academia, then a good science degree is always valued, in which case, do a degree that you'll enjoy. I would say that you would be more employable in finance, accountancy etc with a degree in biology than with a degree in marine biology. This is due to the perceived false 'softness' of the marine biology degree by potential employers, who essentially don't have a clue as to how hard a degree outside of the convention are.
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