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This MSc is a full-time one-year course, consisting of 9 months taught course and 3 months research project, and examined by continuous assessment. The course provides advanced theoretical and practical training in marine biology. The School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University has over 50 years’ experience of teaching at postgraduate level, and excellent teaching and research facilities for the study of the marine biology.

The MSc course in Marine Biology is one of a suite of 5 focused MSc courses in marine science run within the School housed in a fully serviced and dedicated postgraduate suite. The MSc course is managed by a course team comprising of Dr Ian McCarthy (Course Director), Dr Luis Gimenez (Deputy Course Director) and Chris White Postgraduate Course Administrator. The School has 30 academics teaching and researching across the marine science disciplines of Marine Biology, Biogeochemistry, Physical Oceanography and Geological Oceanography with 24 technical and administrative support staff. Teaching on the MSc Marine Biology is provided 'in house' by School academic staff in the main, with additional teaching provided from the University's School of Biological Sciences the National Museum of Wales and by guest lecturers.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course provides training addressing the following major themes:

  • Marine Ecology Skills
  • Habitat Ecology / Coastal Survey
  • Marine Fisheries
  • Marine Vertebrates
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Research Design & Planning
  • Research Project / Dissertation

The programme is achieved through a series of compulsory modules encompassing theory, practical, private study and practical research.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Marine Biology Modules page.

Careers and Employability

Graduates of our Biological MScs have taken up the following career paths in recent years:

  • Public Sector, e.g. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Waterways Board, County Councils, Fisheries Protection Committee, National Rivers Authority/Environment Agency, EEC Environmental Commission.
  • Private Sector, e.g. Aquatic consultancies specialising in survey and environmental impact assessment, aquaculture, oil industry, mining, instrument development, informatics and computing.
  • Voluntary organisations such as World Wide Fund for Nature, Greenpeace, Wildlife Trusts, RSPCA, Royal Geographical Society.
  • Higher Education and Research, e.g. Doctorate Research, Research Assistants.
  • Overseas students return to comparable posts overseas.
  • UK students employed overseas in comparable posts.

Visit the Marine Biology - MSc page on the Bangor University website for more details!

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