BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

Our marine biology degree mixes science, practical training and research projects. Stirling is a superb place to kick-start your career working with the oceans.

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code C160
  • Study abroad opportunities

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Are you fascinated by the oceans and the rich diversity of organisms that inhabit their depths?

Marine Biology is the study of specialised plants and animals and how they’ve adapted to the challenges of living in a marine environment. It’s also concerned with the impact human activity has on the health of the oceans.

Our course is truly multi-disciplinary. It draws on other Biology disciplines, including Ecology and the physical and environmental sciences, to understand a habitat that covers around 71 per cent of the earth’s surface.

We teach you the dynamics of aquatic systems and the biology of their organisms. You’ll learn about the science of diving and other underwater techniques. Our mix of practical work, fieldwork and research projects will ensure that you’ll be ready for your career working with the oceans.

Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture – which coordinates this course – is the leading international centre in its field, and the largest of its kind in the world, with an excellent international reputation in teaching, research, innovation and consultancy.

The Institute of Aquaculture has received the UK’s most prestigious academic honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2019. The honour recognises outstanding work that shows quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. It recognises our pioneering work in the world’s fastest-growing food production sector and our bid to tackle global hunger.

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What our students said

Niru Neil  Dorrian
Niru Neil Dorrian
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
Having a degree in marine biology has opened so many doors for me and launched me on an incredible career where I travel the world almost non-stop since 2006. I have worked on over 50 marine and coastal projects in Russia, South America, New Zealand, Africa and Asia.
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