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MSci Marine Biology (4 years)

University of Southampton
In Southampton

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Typology Master
Location Southampton
Start September
  • Master
  • Southampton
  • Start:
    September
Description

Introducing your course
Based at the world-leading National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), you will develop a full understanding of global marine sciences with marine biology, covering a broad variety of topics from hydrothermal vents to coastal lagoons.
Our four-year integrated masters will expand your study skills with an optional field course at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences or the Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos, to broaden your field research beyond the environments found around the UK.
In your final-year you will complete an extensive research project (50% of your final year) in a specialised area of marine biology alongside one of our cutting edge research groups.
Our Marine Biology degree is accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

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Location

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Southampton (Hampshire)
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University Road, SO17 1BJ

Starts

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What you'll learn on the course

Credit
Biology
Ecology
Marine Biology
Oceanography
Project
Technology
Engineering

Course programme

Year 1

Modules in your first year will introduce you to the animals and plants that live in the marine environment as well as developing an understanding of the physical and chemical oceanography of the sea.

Semester One

Depending on your background, you will take one mathematics module from SOES1010, MATH1004 or MATH1008.

If you have the International Baccalaureate, Standard Level Maths at grade 6 or higher you may consider selecting MATH 1004. If you have Standard Level Maths below grade 6 you should select SOES 1010. If you have A-Level qualifications then please click the individual module below for further advice. If you are uncertain then please contact the Programme Leader.

Compulsory

SOES1005Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry

SOES1007Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

MARINE INVERTEBRATES

SOES1008Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

EARTH & OCEAN SYSTEM

SOES1003Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

IT Communication, Field and Laboratory Skills

Optional

SOES1010Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Quantitative Earth and Ocean Sciences

MATH1004Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Oceanographers

MATH1008Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Mathematical Methods for Scientists 1a

Semester TwoCompulsory

SOES1003Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

IT Communication, Field and Laboratory Skills

SOES1004Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Physical Oceanography I

SOES1006Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Introduction to Marine Ecology

SOES1011Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Introduction to Functional Marine Biology

Year 2

In the second year the modules become more specialised including marine vertebrates, benthic ecology and phytoplankton and primary production. The year ends with a marine biology/oceanography field course in Falmouth. All modules are compulsory.

Semester OneCompulsory

SOES2011Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Marine Vertebrates

SOES2024Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography I

SOES2030Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Dale Field Marine Biology Fieldwork Skills

BIOL2008Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science

Semester TwoCompulsory

SOES2006Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Phytoplankton and Primary Production

SOES2017Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Ecological Processes in the Marine Benthos

SOES2026Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Introduction to Marine Molecular Biology

SOES2027Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II

Year 3

You will extend your knowledge in zooplankton, marine ecophysiology, fisheries and aquaculture and marine molecular biology through taking the five compulsory modules plus two options from the recommended list below. Alternately you may take this from a further range of SOES options, subject to meeting any pre-requisites and to timetabling.

Please note: the availability of Biology modules cannot be guaranteed as this is subject to timetabling constraints. Taking a unit outside SOES should only be undertaken after careful consideration.

*Spaces are limited on SOES3041 and acceptance is by application and interview. Please ensure you list a reserve option when making your option choices. If this is a Semester 1 module, we recommend that you start to attend the lectures until you have received confirmation as to whether you have been accepted onto SOES3041.

Semester OneCompulsory

SOES3013Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Zooplankton Ecology and Processes

SOES3018Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Applied Oceanography and Fieldwork

SOES3035Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 30

Oceanography and Marine Biology Research Training

Optional

BIOL3009Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Applied Ecology

Semester TwoCompulsory

SOES3017Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Marine Fisheries Ecology

SOES3031Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Marine Molecular Biology

SOES3035Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 30

Oceanography and Marine Biology Research Training

Optional

BIOL3010Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Topics in Ecology and Evolution

SOES3041Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Communicating and Teaching in the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme

BIOL2001Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Evolution

BIOL3056Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Global Change Biology

UOSM2026Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Ethics in Science, Engineering and Technology: Jekyll and Hyde

UOSM2001Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Business Skills for Employability

ENVS2006Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Environmental Impact Assessment

Year 4

You will conduct a major research project alongside further taught modules plus a tropical field course run at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Three optional modules must be chosen from the recommended list below.

Students opting to take SOES6052 Tropical Marine Biology will have to make this decision by the end of November in Year 3.

Semester OneCompulsory

SOES6001Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Contemporary Topics

SOES6071Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 60

MSci Advanced Independent Research Project

Optional

SOES6062Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Ecological Marine Parasitology

SOES6052Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Tropical Marine Biology Field Course

SOES6008Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Deep Sea Ecology

Semester TwoCompulsory

SOES6071Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 60

MSci Advanced Independent Research Project

Optional

SOES6021Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Ecological Modelling

SOES6024Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Seafloor Exploration and Surveying 2

SOES6051Credit[?]

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

: 15

Reproduction in Marine Invertebrates

Additional information

Study Locations: , NOCS (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

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