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Marine Biology

Course Description

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 training in marine biology with a strong emphasis on practical training.

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.

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. Undergraduate teaching was graded excellent in the last Teaching Quality Assessment, and research was graded 4* in the Research Assessment Exercise. NERC has designated the School as a Centre of Excellence in Coastal Seas, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

The MSc course in Marine Biology is one of a suite of 4 focused MSc courses in marine science run within the School. New students on this course are inducted to the University and School via an introductory course consisting of orientation through site tours, excursions and social events, and 5 weeks of quantifying biological variability, learning Information Technology, and practising presentation skills. Pre-sessional English language training courses are also available for overseas students.

The MSc course is managed by a course team comprising of the Course Director, Deputy Course Director and Postgraduate Course Administrator. The team report to the School Course Board, which in turn reports to the College of Natural Sciences. Each student has a personal tutor drawn from the teaching staff. The School has 30 academics teaching and researching across the marine science disciplines of Marine Biology (15), Biogeochemistry (2), Physical Oceanography (6) and Geological Oceanography (7) with a similar overall number of technical staff. Teaching on the MSc Marine Biology will be provided from 'in house' in the main, but additional teaching will be provided from the University's School of Biological Sciences and the National Museum of Wales.

The MSc course is housed in a fully serviced and dedicated postgraduate suite. The School is located on the shores of the Menai Strait which separates the Isle of Anglesey from the mainland. The Menai Strait is a proposed Statutory Marine Resource and EU Special Area of Conservation and there are unspoilt marine environments relatively close by.

The University's newly refurbished science library is located in nearby in Bangor. Specialist facilities in the School include temperate and tropical aquaria, satellite imaging processing and Geographical Information System computing, diving and field survey operations (including ROVs and sledges) and laboratories for benthic analysis, nutrition, microbiology, genetics, radiochemical analysis, stable isotopes, sediments and organic chemistry, scanning electron microscopy. An additional strength in our field teaching, is work at sea aboard the only ocean-going research vessel in the Higher Education sector (RV Prince Madog), which entered service in 2001.

MSc course students can benefit from the School's links with other institutions, especially for research project opportunities. Such links presently include the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, U.S.A., University of Mauritius, Catholic University Chile etc.

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

(Student Profile)

Dan Ward

Post MSc – Dan Wood
After completing the MSc. in Aquaculture, Shellfish Biology & Fisheries in 2004/5 I filled in a few applications and two interviews later I joined Cefas as a business development assistant, primarily concentrating on bringing in new international projects.
Since 2007 I’ve become a Marine Management Scientist, mainly focusing on the impacts of marine renewables on the marine environment. My time is divided between project management, scientific writing and publishing and winning new business for Cefas.
A lot of the MSc. course was centred on training to become a professional scientist. I’m now using this training everyday. I’ve just been promoted and really love the fact that my job uses a wide variety of my skills.
Looking back, the best thing about Ocean Sciences was the fantastic mix of education, learning and social life. And meeting the girl I would later marry!



Overseas applicants only• BANGOR UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPThe new International Entrance Scholarship offered by Bangor University is a 10% reduction
in the first year’s tuition fees and is open to all International applicants who apply before 30th
June, 2012. The International Entrance Scholarship will replace the International Scholarship
that was previously available.
• Eligibility Criteria:
• Successful candidates who submitted their application to study at Bangor University
before the 30th of June, 2012 will be eligible for the International Entrance Scholarship.
• The International Entrance Scholarship will apply to students beginning their courses
(Postgraduate Taught) after September 2011.
• The International Entrance Scholarship is offered in the form of a 10% reduction in the
tuition fees payable at registration.
• Students who receive other types of scholarships from Bangor University or other
sources will not be entitled to the International Entrance Scholarship.
• The scholarship is not open to UK/EU applicants.
For more information about the International Entrance Scholarship, other sources of funding
and applying to study at Bangor University please e-mail: [email protected] or visit the web site http://www.bangor.ac.uk/international

Value of Scholarship(s)



Visit International WEB site

Application Procedure

Initially, follow the web link below to register your interest. Further information will be sent directly.

Further Information



Access to Masters (European Union Convergence) Funding - 10 Awards

Applicants must have a Welsh address as their permanent home address, they can have a different correspondence address.
Nominations are made by the course director if eligible.
Students would be committed to undertaking their research project with a Welsh small or medium business / enterprise [SME]. The School of Ocean Sciences has various links with suitable local businesses.
Monthly time-sheets would have to completed by any beneficiary giving details of lectures, assignments and background reading / study.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees paid plus £110 weekly maintenance (46 weeks only) term time


Permanent Welsh address on application form.

Application Procedure

If eligible with a Welsh address applicants should indicate on the application form, under SECTION D FINANCIAL SUPPORT and third party funding; that they wish to be considered for Access to Masters funding.
Please see below link to the Access to Masters web pages whereby information and downloads are available. This is linked to the main KESS website - the ATM menu is situated on the left of the page.http://www.bangor.ac.uk/kess/atm/download.php.en?catid=&subid=8686

Further Information



Kirby Laing Foundation Scholarships - 4 Awards

The scholarships will be awarded from 2011; the scholarship recipient will receive their awards on October.The selection process and nominations for the Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships will be the responsibility of M.Sc. Course Directors and ratified by the School of Ocean Sciences Academic Committee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3 of £5000 & 1 of £3,750 each year


• The Kirby Laing Foundation ScholarshipsThe Kirby Laing Foundation’s Gift will support the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, and will be directed towards scholarships for M.Sc students.
Over a 3 year period 9 Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships of £5,000 and 2 scholarships of £3,750 will be awarded and the recipients will receive their awards in October.
The Kirby Laing Foundation scholarships will be open to all M.Sc. students and the financial need of the applicant will be considered. The scholarship recipients shall comply with all the rules and regulations of Bangor University.

Application Procedure

All eligible students who accept the offer of a place on any of the four MSc courses will be considered.


Santander Scholarships for Taught Potsgraduate students - 5 Awards

Bangor University Santander Taught Postgraduate Scholarships.
Up to five scholarships of £5,000 will be given out to Master’s students starting their programmes in 2012. The scholarship fund aims to reward the most academically gifted students from countries that are supported by the Santander Universidades scheme. The award will be given to students from the following 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela

Value of Scholarship(s)



The award will be given to students from the following 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/santander.php.en

Application Procedure

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/santander.php.enGo to WEB site and if eligible - apply.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a 2(i) undergraduate Honours degree for admission and to have a background in a Natural Science or related subject area. We also accept applicants with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree and mature applicants (age 25+) without formal qualifications, but with suitable relevant experience (usually 2+ years).

Last Updated

01 August 2017

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