Marine Biology

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

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BSc (Hons) with Foundation Year

This year provides an introduction to the study of marine biology. You will learn through a mix of formal study, discussion and practical experience. For those who do not have a recent history of study, it provides a foundation of scientific, intellectual and investigative skills and knowledge, while developing relevant study skills.

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £16,000

Foundation Year:

Home/EU students: £6,165

Overseas: £10,670

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

Teaching and Assessment

Typical breakdown of teaching time - based on a core of 1,200 hours per year

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning
YearScheduledPlacementIndependent Study
FY  20%  0%  80%
Y1  24%  0%  76%
Y2  22%  0%  78%
Final  22%  0%  78%
FY  36%  37%  27%
Y1  40%  9%  51%
Y2  44%  19%  37%
Final  44%  19%  37%

About the course

The modern marine biologist has to rise to the challenge of conserving and managing marine resources effectively against a background of constant environmental change. They have to be familiar with the full range of marine organisms and habitats from tropics to poles, and be competent with survey and data analysis techniques to monitor marine biodiversity. This course is designed to develop your thinking and broaden your horizons by developing the practical skills necessary for a career in marine biology. It’s one of the few to offer subsidised PADI dive training as well as residential and overseas field trips. You will be taught by marine biologists who are leaders in their field, and you’ll gain high-quality research, professional and problem-solving skills.

This course has an emphasis on practical field work ensuring you develop key skills for describing the marine environment, and a range of study options allowing you to focus on your own areas of interest. The North Sea forms the ideal backdrop for the degree; making Hull an ideal place to study marine biology. With access to internationally recognised research facilities – including the world’s only submarium in The Deep – studying Marine Biology at Hull opens opportunities to gain rich hands-on experience as you learn. You can gain additional experience by undertaking work experience activities with local and national environmental organisations. The option of a foundation year offers the perfect way into this subject for those without a strong enough academic background for direct entry to the full BSc.


BSc (Hons)

4 years

Entry requirements

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • For applicants with A levels in subjects other than those key to the degree, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points from Level 3 qualifications.

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

A number of our research areas, such as the University of Hull International Fisheries Institute and The Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, have consultancy and research links with government agencies, including the Environment Agency, Natural England, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, and the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, who regularly employ graduates.

The practical and multidisciplinary skills you learn are much sought after in governmental and non-governmental organisations. The field and laboratory skills are ideal preparation for a scientific officer career with organisations such as the Environment Agency or Fisheries Agencies, and linking these core biological skills to an understanding of marine management and environmental impact assessment may help towards a career in consultancy.

Students who are more conservation and education focused might pursue a career with a wildlife trust or conservation organisation. Students who develop diving qualifications could end up as scientific divers or dive instructors. Some of our research-focused students continue their studies by taking a taught Masters degree or by progressing onto doctorate or research Masters. There are opportunities for further study within the University of Hull.