Are you fascinated by the oceans and the rich diversity of organisms that inhabit their depths?
Marine Biology is the study of specialised plants and animals and how they’ve adapted to the challenges of living in a marine environment. It’s also concerned with the impact human activity has on the health of the oceans.
Our course is truly multi-disciplinary. It draws on other Biology disciplines, including Ecology and the physical and environmental sciences, to understand a habitat that covers around 71 percent of the earth’s surface.
We teach you the dynamics of aquatic systems and the biology of their organisms. You’ll learn about the science of diving and other underwater techniques. Our mix of practical work, fieldwork and research projects will ensure that you’ll be ready for your career working with the oceans.
Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture – which coordinates this course – is the leading international centre in its field, and the largest of its kind in the world, with an excellent international reputation in teaching, research, innovation and consultancy.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 Study at the Institute of Aquaculture, the leading international institute in its field and the largest of its kind in the world.
#2 Our experts use their international research activities to update their teaching.
#3 You’ll have unique opportunities to gain practical experience and study abroad through our overseas partners.
This course will enable you to understand the form, function and dynamics of aquatic systems, and to understand the biology, ecology, taxonomy and management of organisms inhabiting these systems. Practical work is integrated into the course to help you translate theory into practice.
You’ll learn to design and perform a range of aquatic survey techniques and use the information to assess the quality of marine habitats. You’ll also have a practical and theoretical understanding of taxonomy using traditional and molecular techniques.
The final year of study involves an independent research project, often carried out with external organisations. Overseas projects in Semester 8 are encouraged and have previously been located throughout Europe, North and South America, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and Oceania.
Our course is run by the Institute of Aquaculture, the leading international centre in its field and the largest of its kind in the world. With an excellent outcome in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014, we bring together cross-disciplinary, world-class researchers and have built up a first-class international reputation in teaching, research, contract research and consultancy for aquaculture. We collaborate with academic research institutions throughout Europe and beyond, including Spain, China, Brazil, Norway and Thailand.
Marine Biology is not available as a combined Honours degree, but it shares a common foundation with the degree course in Aquaculture, so you have the option to take a degree in Aquaculture until the end of Semester 5.
The University of Stirling have been awarded five star excellence for teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020.
Our academics use their international research activities to teach you the latest thinking and trends in marine biology. Our teaching is delivered through formal lectures and practical classes, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, fieldwork, guided reading and research.
You’ll take part in two field trips in which you’ll study seashore and inshore marine organisms and marine mammal biology. An independent research project is a major component of the final year and is often carried out in association with external bodies.
There are also day field study visits to external sites, where you’ll get relevant experience and a practical grounding in marine biology.
Modules on the course are assessed by a mixture of written assignments, exams, practical, team and individual projects. A 40% exam, 60% coursework split would be typical for a module on this course.
Marine biology students benefit from our study abroad links to countries such as the USA (including Hawaii, California, and Alaska), Canada, and Australia.
We encourage overseas projects in Semester 8. Past student projects have been located throughout Europe, North and South America, the Indian subcontinent, Asia, Oceania and Australasia.
Dr Michaël Bekaert
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Fees - 2021/22
- Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
- Scottish students: £ 1,820
- Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
- EU Students: £17,900*
*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria
About the School
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