The course

UCAS code
C160
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Years 1 and 2 provide a foundation in modern biology, including: Ecology; Pollution Biology; and Man’s Impact on the Environment. Year 3 gives a thorough grounding in many aspects of Marine Biology and Year 4 explores the applications of Marine Biology to Marine Resource Development and Marine Environmental Protection. Fieldwork plays an important part in the programme. The programme aims to produce good Marine Biologists with a training in applied aspects of marine resource exploitation and protection. Breadth in the curriculum is provided by options including Molecular Biology and Microbiology.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Introduces Biology largely as Human Biology with accompanying courses in Applied and Environmental Biology. Additional subjects include Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry, as required for an understanding of future courses in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 53%
  • Practical: 23%
  • Coursework: 24%
Year 2

Concentrates on broad topics in Biology, especially Whole Organism Biology of Animals, Plants and Microorganisms; Cell Structure and Biochemistry; and Nutrition and Health.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 72%

Assessment

  • Written: 52%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 30%
Year 3

Core courses in Marine Biology focus on Marine Biodiversity, Marine Environmental Biology and Practical Marine Biology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 72%

Assessment

  • Written: 51%
  • Practical: 19%
  • Coursework: 30%
Year 4

Advanced topics in Marine Biology including: Estuarine and Coastal Management; Fish Physiology and Nutrition; Marine Environmental Monitoring; Marine Chemical Ecology; Marine Biotechnology; and Shellfish and Crustacean Culture. A selection of optional courses is also offered. A research project provides the practical component of the final year of study.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 87%

Assessment

  • Written: 47%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 39%

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