BSc (Hons) Marine & Freshwater Biology

Undergraduate, Full-time

Marine & Freshwater Biology BSc (Hons)



Our strong partnership with St Abbs Marine Station gives students opportunities to engage in exciting research

Overview

Explore the aquatic environment, its importance in understanding climate change, and how to monitor and protect marine and freshwater species in a sustainable manner.

The aquatic realm makes up more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and represents the largest domain on earth. This course focuses on the study of the fascinating diversity of life contained in these habitats.

You’ll come to appreciate the issues involved in management of aquatic resources and learn how a firm understanding of the organisation of aquatic ecosystems can promote use in a sustainable manner.

Aquatic habitats and organisms are also pivotal in the understanding of climatic change making this course very relevant to a career in conservation and environmental protection.

Two students collecting samples from a river

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

SepSep

UCAS code:

C161

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

Are you interested in global issues? Are you interested in the marine or freshwater environment? If it’s aquatic biology including coral reefs and sea birds that takes your fancy or indeed conservation and the impact of pollution on the aquatic environment, this is certainly a course worth joining.

You’ll study the adaptation, ecology and behaviour of a range of species found in marine, coastal and freshwater environments. You’ll learn about the non-living environment, including climate, weather, water and sediment properties and pollution. You’ll also learn about aspects of management, including pollution assessment and control and fisheries science.

Scotland is home to some fascinating aquatic environments and you’ll get to experience these during practical fieldwork, both locally and further afield, including a residential field course to the Isle of Cumbrae.

The course will equip you with a broad portfolio of skills in both specialist techniques such as species identification, surveying, data analysis and GIS along with communication of scientific information, IT, problem solving and team working which will allow you to pursue a range of possible career paths.

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  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will learning through a variety of different methods, including lectures, tutorials, field studies and laboratory classes.  Most of our staff are members on the Higher Education Academy and have received formal training in teaching undergraduate students.
  • note and pen Assessments A variety of assessment methods are used, including examination, assignments and practical assessments.  These are balanced across the Programme to provide a challenging assessment experience, which allows you to do your best.
  • study abroad Study abroad

    Erasmus opportunities. Links with a Danish university to study in English: Roskilde University.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Common foundation year
  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Cell biology

Year 2

  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Practical Skills in Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Physiology, Adaptation and Disease
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Option module

Year 3

  • Research Methods
  • Habitat Assessment and GIS
  • Ecology Field Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Freshwater Biology

Year 4

  • Professional Practice
  • Fish and Fisheries Biology
  • Current Topics in Ecology
  • Project (60 credits)


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Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B.

National 5 C in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B.

National 5 C in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Find out more about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

GCSE Grade C/4 English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including a Science.

C2 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including a Science.

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or DA Science also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Grade 6 in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Minimum Year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with B in the graded unit.

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Two students photographing wildlife on the cliffs at St Abbs
  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries management
  • Conservation
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Habitat and species management
  • Pollution control
  • Consultancies and public education
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