Marine Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

Overview

Marine environments represent more than 95% of the world’s biosphere and supply 80% of the world's oxygen. On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Marine Environmental Science degree course, you'll develop your understanding of this vital resource and learn how to protect its delicate ecosystems from climate change and overfishing.

You’ll graduate primed for a career in areas such as marine environmental consultancy, marine conservation, coastal management, and underwater exploration and conservation. You'll also set yourself up to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study marine environments, from the tiniest plankton to the massive effect of global warming on our oceans
  • Make use of our laboratories and beachside Institute of Marine Sciences, packed with expert staff, advanced analytical equipment, and experimental and aquarium facilities
  • Get to grips with essential tests and techniques, including the study of marine water quality, marine life and pollutants
  • Make the most of our location on Hampshire's coastline and put what you've learnt to the test with boat trips on the Solent and field trips to surrounding areas
  • Do a final year independent research project based in the UK or abroad and consider the ethical issues connected to the project and health and safety requirements

You can also:

  • Conduct research in places such as Somerset, Isle of Wight, Malta, Portugal, Malaysia and Belize
  • Learn specialist skills while you study, such scientific and technical diving in module certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Spend time studying abroad at one of our partner institutions – these include Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Universite du Havre, (Le Havre, France) and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles and research opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Ecology, Plants and Human Impact
  • Environmental Systems
  • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Oceanography
  • Planet Earth
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Science for Earth Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Chemistry and Monitoring
  • Environmental Fieldwork and Professional Skills
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Oceanography

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Energy Resources
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Change
  • Scientific and Technical Diving Techniques (PADI-accredited)
  • Practical Boating Skills (Royal Yacht Association accredited)
  • Introduction to Teaching

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Environmental Science Dissertation
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Auditing and Assessment
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Pollution and Waste Management
  • European Study Tour
  • Global Climate Change in Marine Systems
  • Tropical Study Tour

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • workshops

You'll be taught in small classes in an informal, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • field work or lab notebook recordings
  • reports
  • essays
  • site surveys
  • computer-based exercises
  • posters
  • oral presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 52% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 43% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 45% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 26% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 66% by coursework 

Careers and opportunities

The ongoing threats to our natural environment mean the world needs people with the specialised scientific knowledge to safeguard marine resources for future generations. This means you'll have plenty of job opportunities after the course.

What can you do with a Marine Environmental Science degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • environmental consultancies
  • sustainability specialists
  • underwater exploration
  • conservation
  • wildlife protection
  • coastal management

What jobs can you do with a Marine Environmental Science degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Marine Scientist
  • Marine Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Geographic Information Scientist
  • Marine Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Policy Officer
  • Fish Health Inspector
  • Coastal Management Officer
  • Wildlife Protection Officer

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course you can apply for Associate Membership of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and get Chartered Membership of the IES within 4-5 years, with appropriate work experience. Chartered Membership of the IES is required in many environmental careers.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Geography, Geology, Mathematics or Physics).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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