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marine biology / conservation / oceanography?

Hi, I'm year 12 and still not entirely sure what degree I want to do!!
I am reslly interested in the ocean and conservation. As I know this is a competitive field with quite a large number of graduates each year, I am wondering what the best degree option is with the most job opps/ highest average salaries. I would like to travel if possible :smile:

My A level subjects are biology, geography and chemistry and my predicted grades are AAB, so I think I have the ability to aim for one of the best courses in this area, I'm just not sure which that is.

Marine biology? Geography? Geography with oceanography? Environmental science? Conservation and Ecology? Biology (and tailor to marine based modules)?

Thanks for any help :smile:
Reply 1
Have you tried looking at stats for different courses at different unis (average wages ect.) and maybe looking at the details of each course?
Original post by georgenringo
Hi, I'm year 12 and still not entirely sure what degree I want to do!!
I am reslly interested in the ocean and conservation. As I know this is a competitive field with quite a large number of graduates each year, I am wondering what the best degree option is with the most job opps/ highest average salaries. I would like to travel if possible :smile:

My A level subjects are biology, geography and chemistry and my predicted grades are AAB, so I think I have the ability to aim for one of the best courses in this area, I'm just not sure which that is.

Marine biology? Geography? Geography with oceanography? Environmental science? Conservation and Ecology? Biology (and tailor to marine based modules)?

Thanks for any help :smile:

St Andrews would be perfect for you. specialises in marine bio but you have to take 3/4 subjects in your first year so you have time to decide what degree you want to to
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Original post by A Rolling Stone
St Andrews would be perfect for you. specialises in marine bio but you have to take 3/4 subjects in your first year so you have time to decide what degree you want to to


That sounds great! Will look into it now :smile:
Reply 4
Original post by yogo1o
Have you tried looking at stats for different courses at different unis (average wages ect.) and maybe looking at the details of each course?


Yeah I think I need to spend more time looking through everything, theres just so much lol
Other Uni's to look at are Plymouth, Southampton, Liverpool and Bangor.
Original post by georgenringo
Hi, I'm year 12 and still not entirely sure what degree I want to do!!
I am reslly interested in the ocean and conservation. As I know this is a competitive field with quite a large number of graduates each year, I am wondering what the best degree option is with the most job opps/ highest average salaries. I would like to travel if possible :smile:

My A level subjects are biology, geography and chemistry and my predicted grades are AAB, so I think I have the ability to aim for one of the best courses in this area, I'm just not sure which that is.

Marine biology? Geography? Geography with oceanography? Environmental science? Conservation and Ecology? Biology (and tailor to marine based modules)?

Thanks for any help :smile:


Hi!

I was definitely in the same position at the end of year 12 with not being sure what course I wanted to do. I just wanted to throw out natural sciences (what I study now) as an option. Though it varies by university, in a natural science degree you're able to study modules across different subjects. If you're interested in multiple sciences or areas where different subjects intersect I'd definitely recommend checking out natural sciences degrees at different universities to see if any of them match what you're looking for.

Employers are increasingly looking for scientists who can work across disciplines in order to solve global challenges so the interdisciplinary background provided by a natural sciences course will definitely make you a desirable candidate for jobs post university.

Good luck with your decisions!
Becky (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
Original post by georgenringo
Hi, I'm year 12 and still not entirely sure what degree I want to do!!
I am reslly interested in the ocean and conservation. As I know this is a competitive field with quite a large number of graduates each year, I am wondering what the best degree option is with the most job opps/ highest average salaries. I would like to travel if possible :smile:

My A level subjects are biology, geography and chemistry and my predicted grades are AAB, so I think I have the ability to aim for one of the best courses in this area, I'm just not sure which that is.

Marine biology? Geography? Geography with oceanography? Environmental science? Conservation and Ecology? Biology (and tailor to marine based modules)?

Thanks for any help :smile:



The environmental science course at Southamptom university has many marine based modules especially in their Aquatic environments and resources pathway.
On some university websites you can download a guide to the course and see every module that you can take.
Hi,
I studied Ecology and Conservation at Lancaster and based off what you said, I’d recommend that you check out the course (here’s the link: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/ecology-and-conservation-bsc-hons-c180/2024/#overview). I really enjoyed it, particularly the wide range of modules to choose from, if you look under course structure you’ll be able to see just how much is on offer. I’d really recommend the course, I really enjoyed the wide range of modules that I was able to choose from including some focused on the ocean such as the “Coral Reef Ecology” module in third year.
Let me know if I can help with anything else!
Carla (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
Original post by georgenringo
Hi, I'm year 12 and still not entirely sure what degree I want to do!!
I am reslly interested in the ocean and conservation. As I know this is a competitive field with quite a large number of graduates each year, I am wondering what the best degree option is with the most job opps/ highest average salaries. I would like to travel if possible :smile:

My A level subjects are biology, geography and chemistry and my predicted grades are AAB, so I think I have the ability to aim for one of the best courses in this area, I'm just not sure which that is.

Marine biology? Geography? Geography with oceanography? Environmental science? Conservation and Ecology? Biology (and tailor to marine based modules)?

Thanks for any help :smile:


heyy, I'd say to apply to Bangor University, they specialise in everything marine/conservation/environmental so you'd thrive! I'm going to be starting my Marine Science and Conservation course there in a month, I've been to their open day and everyone's so friendly. I'm a South Asian Pakistani girl as well so it was relieving to see such a welcoming community :smile:
But yeah that's my recommendation, I hope you take a look, it'll definitely be worth a shot!!

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