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Hello,
I am looking into studying Marine Biology at Uni, but I'm struggling to find out which are the best at this subject as the uni rankings are quite broad (most are for biological sciences or earth and marine studies). How do these unis compare?
I've put the grades needed to get in. My predicted grades should be good enough for all of these so its more about whether the higher grades actually means a better education or not.

Newcastle- AAB/ABB possibility with my EP

Liverpool- ABB

Glasgow (Marine and Freshwater Biology) - AAB

Southampton (Marine Biology or Marine Biology and Biology)- ABB

Exeter- AAB

Saint Andrews- AAA
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Hello,
I am looking into studying Marine Biology at Uni, but I'm struggling to find out which are the best at this subject as the uni rankings are quite broad (most are for biological sciences or earth and marine studies). How do these unis compare?
I've put the grades needed to get in. My predicted grades should be good enough for all of these so its more about whether the higher grades actually means a better education or not.

Newcastle- AAB/ABB possibility with my EP

Liverpool- ABB

Glasgow (Marine and Freshwater Biology) - AAB

Southampton (Marine Biology or Marine Biology and Biology)- ABB

Exeter- AAB

Saint Andrews- AAA
i went to st andrews to study biology (biochemistry), and being on the north sea it's insanely good for marine biology. there's a real focus on it and you see st andrews profs on the news occasionally. they're also building a brand new marine bio department. southampton also has a really good reputation for marine bio and i would really look into that. southampton is a very underrated uni
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Have you looked at Plymouth?
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Thanks for your reply. I've heard great things about St Andrews but it does have 3 downsides for me
1. Very far away from home (cambridge)
2. I don't like that I'd be paying 9X more than the Scottish students
3. Its location isn't great. I'm not fussed about nightclubs as I think i'm more of a pub person but I'd have to travel at least an hour by train to do my sport (Australian Rules Football)
I'll visit it on an open day and it might change my mind!

As for Southampton, my parents went there and loved it but thought it was a sh**hole, but it seems a bit nicer nowadays. It's close to my family and beloved football club in Bournemouth but due the football I have a hatred for Southampton supporters (of which there are a lot in Southampton phaha)

At the moment I am thinking Southampton, Newcastle and St Andrews are my 3 biggest contender, as Glasgow is not my favourite city, Liverpool's research site seeming like Southampton's but worse, and Exeter is basically on another planet.
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Have you looked at Plymouth?
I understand that it is good for Marine Biology but I would prefer a renowned uni, especially if I end up changing my mind and wanting to switch to Biology
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Thanks for your reply. I've heard great things about St Andrews but it does have 3 downsides for me
1. Very far away from home (cambridge)
2. I don't like that I'd be paying 9X more than the Scottish students
3. Its location isn't great. I'm not fussed about nightclubs as I think i'm more of a pub person but I'd have to travel at least an hour by train to do my sport (Australian Rules Football)
I'll visit it on an open day and it might change my mind!

As for Southampton, my parents went there and loved it but thought it was a sh**hole, but it seems a bit nicer nowadays. It's close to my family and beloved football club in Bournemouth but due the football I have a hatred for Southampton supporters (of which there are a lot in Southampton phaha)

At the moment I am thinking Southampton, Newcastle and St Andrews are my 3 biggest contender, as Glasgow is not my favourite city, Liverpool's research site seeming like Southampton's but worse, and Exeter is basically on another planet.
1&2. st andrews is full of Americans (and is generally very international in a good way). i thought i was coming from far away London and paid so much more than the Scots, but the americans were coming from not just Boston/New York and Philly but even places as far as Seattle and California..and paying up to 25k a year, which put things in perspective

3. if you're more of a pub person then st andrews will be perfect for you, not sure if i can help on aussie rules football but maybe look into Shinty if you're into hardcore sports lol

you're right southampton has massively improved and you can't go wrong with any of your choices tbh, even glasgow
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Hello,
I am looking into studying Marine Biology at Uni, but I'm struggling to find out which are the best at this subject as the uni rankings are quite broad (most are for biological sciences or earth and marine studies). How do these unis compare?
I've put the grades needed to get in. My predicted grades should be good enough for all of these so its more about whether the higher grades actually means a better education or not.

Newcastle- AAB/ABB possibility with my EP

Liverpool- ABB

Glasgow (Marine and Freshwater Biology) - AAB

Southampton (Marine Biology or Marine Biology and Biology)- ABB

Exeter- AAB

Saint Andrews- AAA
(Original post by siamsam)
Have you looked at Plymouth?
Hi Jdarch,

You should definitely have a look at Plymouth, as siamsam pointed out! A few reasons:

- Professor Richard Thompson (OBE), Marine Biology professor in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, is the man responsible for microplastic research. He coined the term 'microplastics' and is a world-leading authority on the problems caused by plastic pollution in the marine environment.
- Professor Richard Thompson (OBE) conducts research projects with both UG and PG students, with studies involving degradation of plastic carrier bags, breakdown of fabrics while washing clothes, and the prevalence of microbeads in cosmetics.
- We have an International Marine Litter Research Unit which is at the forefront of plastic research
- Our courses follow three streams - Marine Biology, Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and Marine Biology and Oceanography - so you have the option to follow specialised routes if you so wish.
- We have an incredible location specifically for Marine Biology - on the South West coastline, we have a wide range of coastal habitats to explore.
- We have scholarships available for Marine Biology students from the Ocean Giants Trust. This allows you to complement your studies with work for charities in locations such as Mexico, Mozambique, the Philippines and Tanzania. (There are 5 scholarships available each year to students on the Marine Biology and Conservation course).
- We've been able to offer our students opportunities such as working with the Blue Planet cameraman, working on research vessels such as RV Falcon Spirit, and learning to dive via the HSE Professional SCUBA diving course.

Please let me know if you have any other questions about our courses - I'd love to help out and see if this is the kind of thing you're looking for

- Seren, University of Plymouth Student Rep
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What about Bangor, anyone had a good experience there?
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What about Bangor, anyone had a good experience there?
Hi Sue hopper,

Thanks for giving us a mention I had a great experience at the University, as a past student the small city vibe was perfect for me and everyone was really welcoming and friendly. You'll often here our students say we're like one big family in Bangor! For you to get the best idea of the student experience here go and chat to some our current students on our website www.bangor.ac.uk/unibuddy they'll be able to tell you all about student life, living in Bangor and answer more specific questions about the course.

Here are just a few reasons why Bangor could be a great choice for you to study Marine Biology;
- Our School is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe.
- We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea.
- We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship which you will use during your studies.
- Our excellent facilities include tropical marine and temperate marine aquaria, analytical laboratories, flow and particle transport simulators and computing capabilities.
- We have unrivalled access to the sea and sea shore, ideal for undertaking experimental work in the intertidal environment.

Have a look at our website and at this short video for more information - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQcWdVp3eAs&t=4s

If you have any more questions I'd be happy to try and answer them for you
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Thank you very much indeed for your reply, it was very helpful

(Original post by Bangor Uni)Hi Sue hopper,

Thanks for giving us a mention I had a great experience at the University, as a past student the small city vibe was perfect for me and everyone was really welcoming and friendly. You'll often here our students say we're like one big family in Bangor! For you to get the best idea of the student experience here go and chat to some our current students on our website www.bangor.ac.uk/unibuddy they'll be able to tell you all about student life, living in Bangor and answer more specific questions about the course.

Here are just a few reasons why Bangor could be a great choice for you to study Marine Biology;
- Our School is one of the largest university centres teaching Marine Sciences in Britain and is among the biggest in Europe.
- We are situated within a few metres of the sea, ideal for developing your skills in collecting data in estuaries, on the sea shore and at sea.
- We have a £3.5m ocean-going research ship which you will use during your studies.
- Our excellent facilities include tropical marine and temperate marine aquaria, analytical laboratories, flow and particle transport simulators and computing capabilities.
- We have unrivalled access to the sea and sea shore, ideal for undertaking experimental work in the intertidal environment.

Have a look at our website and at this short video for more information - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQcWdVp3eAs&t=4s

If you have any more questions I'd be happy to try and answer them for you
Rhian
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