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BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

University of Portsmouth
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Course UCAS code: C160
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  • BSc (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
**Overview** Our oceans are under threat, so there's never been a greater need for experts in marine biology. Do you have the ambition to combat the challenges facing this diverse environment and play an active and positive role in understanding and protecting marine biodiversity and the future of our oceans? On this BSc (Hons) Marine Biology degree course, you'll learn the practical, theoretical and professional skills to start a career as a marine biologist. You'll develop your knowledge of marine organisms, from phytoplankton to cetaceans, as well as how to protect the oceans and their delicate ecosystems against the growing threats of climate change, habitat destruction and resource exploitation. All at a university that's been carrying out marine biological research for more than 70 years. **On this course you'll:** - Conduct fieldwork in a range of intertidal habitats, including rocky shores, estuaries, saltmarsh and mangroves - Be based in the heart of the internationally important Solent European Marine Site - Learn from researchers who are members of the Institute of Marine Sciences, with expertise in subject areas such as ocean acidification, plastic pollution and cetacean behaviour - Learn to drive a powerboat, scuba dive and conduct research in a tropical environment - Get practical marine skills on our research vessels, including a large experimental raft, a 6-metre high-speed shallow draft launch for inshore work and a suite of sampling systems including dredges, grabs and nets - Use our laboratory facilities, state of the art microscopes, experimental research platform and aquatic centre to explore marine ecosystems and study marine organisms **You can also:** - Experience research and fieldwork overseas including the option to study seagrass, coral reef and mangrove ecology - Get involved in local research projects such as the Solent Native Oyster Regeneration Project - Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions **Work experience and career planning** To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles and that will complement your studies. Our partners include commercial, research and non-profit organisations such as: - Maidenhead Aquatics - Field Studies Council - ORCA - Blue Marine Foundation You can also get involved in high-profile research projects through the Institute of Marine Sciences. **Placement year** After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work or research experience. We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout the year. **Careers and opportunities** When you finish the course, you can apply to be a Registered Marine Scientist. You'll also meet some of the academic requirements to become a Chartered Marine Scientist. Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in: - post-graduate research - coastal zone management - environmental toxicology - marine conservation - aquaculture industry - marine policy - marine resource management You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level. Many graduates go onto study MRes Science or MSc Applied Aquatic Biology. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. **Professional accreditations** This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, which means you can apply for membership after the course. Membership benefits include access to a professional network of biologists and the opportunity to go to conferences.
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Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits. Units currently studied Year 1 Core units in this year include: Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry Biodiversity and Evolution Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography Microbiology and Molecular Biology Experimental Biology Graduate Skills There are no optional units in this year. Year 2 Core units in this year include: Marine Organisms and Ecosystems Community Ecology and Residential Marine Field Course Animal Science Marine Research Skills Optional units in this year currently include: Oceanography Microbiology Plant Science Basic or Advanced Scientific Diving Practical Boating Skills A foreign language Business for Biosciences Year 3 Core units in this year include: Coastal Ecosystems Applied Marine Biology Marine Ecophysiology 3rd year research project Optional units in this year currently include: Aquatic Microbiology Global climate change of Marine Systems
Assessment Methods:
You'll be assessed through: written exams course work in the form of practical write ups posters and oral presentations individual research project You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future The way you're assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Year 1 students: 52% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 41% by coursework Year 2 students: 48% by written exams, 26% by practical exams and 26% by coursework Year 3 students: 47% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
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15 January

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