The course

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

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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 course. The course 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.

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.

Year 3

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

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.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Marine Biology students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 35% are working
  • 65% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £22000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Sports and fitness occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 a science subject at Higher Level
  • HNC C in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
  • A-Levels ABB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • HNC B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 3

  • HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2018 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,960

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.