BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Biology

Undergraduate, Part-time

Marine and Freshwater Biology BSc (Hons)



Students have opportunities to engage in exciting research on current and future challenges to coastal and marine environments

Overview

Our strong partnership with St Abbs Marine Station gives students opportunities to engage in exciting research on current and future challenges to coastal and marine environments.

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% 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.

It is important to note that our Biology Suite content is currently under review. Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact Eva Malone, Programme Leader on e.malone@napier.ac.uk with 'Biology Suite Content Enquiry' as the subject. Thank you and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Two students collecting samples from a river

Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years

Start date:

Sep

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.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, field trips and through independent study.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Short work placements are available on a competitive basis through the 'Getting Inside' scheme.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Erasmus Programme opportunities - We have links with Roskilde University, in Denmark, where students can study in English.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology

Year 2

  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Practical skills in biodiversity
  • Cell biology
  • Animal behaviour

Year 3

  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Ecology and sustainability
  • Physiology, Adaptation and Disease
  • Option module

Year 4

  • Ecology field studies
  • Habitat assessment and GIS
  • Conservation biology
  • Freshwater biology

Year 5

  • Research methods
  • Current topics in ecology
  • Marine Biology

Year 6

  • Professional practice
  • Fish and fisheries biology
  • Research Project

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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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

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

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics at grade B.

National 5 grade C in Maths, English, Biology & Chemistry.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information, see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry (or Double Award Science at C/4)

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

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

New Grading System:

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

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

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, English, Biology and Chemistry (or Double Award Science at C/4)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at minimum grade 5.

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

European Baccalaureate

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

Grade 6 in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

HNC

Animal Care with B in the graded unit for year 1 entry.

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

HND

Animal Care with BB in the graded units for year 1 entry.

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

Minimum year 2

HNC

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

Related subjects: Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Biology

A Level

BBB including Biology

Minimum year 3

HND

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

Related subjects: Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

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 *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas £2,060 tba


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Two students photographing wildlife on the cliffs at St Abbs

Career opportunities include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries management
  • Conservation
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Habitat and species management
  • Pollution control
  • Consultancies and public education
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