Bangor University
Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons)
Bangor University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Marine Biology element of this course covers animals, seaweeds, plants and microbial life in the seas and their interactions. The Zoology element covers all animals whether on land or in water. This degree therefore gives a wide overview of the diversity of animal life and ecosystems on this planet, ranging from the mountains to tropical coral reefs and deep sea trenches. On this course you will learn how interactions between animals, such as elephants and sharks, and their environments apply equally to marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of biology, ecology, and evolution of marine organisms and all animal groups. We also cover more applied aspects such as aquaculture and fisheries, parasitology and immunology.

‘Placement Year’ and 'International Experience Year’ options are available for this course. You will have the opportunity to fully consider these options when you have started your course at Bangor and can make an application for a transfer onto such a pathway at the appropriate time. You can find more information about these options on our website and if you have any questions, please get in touch.

If you don’t have the required qualifications for this degree-level course or are looking to re-enter education after time away from study, then a Foundation Year Programme might be the right choice for you. Please see Marine Biology (with Foundation Year) C16F.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 16 graduates of Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons) at Bangor University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Marine Biology.

Overall student satisfaction
58 /100
16 total respondents

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons) at Bangor University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £17000 £15000 £18500
25-75 percentile range £12000 - £20000 £11500 - £19000 £15000 - £23500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Marine Biology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £18681 £17169 £21013
25-75 percentile range £16191 - £22352 £13042 - £22026 £16461 - £26608

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Marine Biology and Zoology, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons) at Bangor University

20% Elementary occupations
15% Natural and social science professionals
15% Administrative occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Animal care and control services
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Secretarial and related occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Offers are tariff based, 80 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.: A Levels (including Biology and usually 1 other science subject - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies.) International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in Biology). BTEC National/Extended Diploma in Applied Science**: MMP - DDM. City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma in Environmental Conservation or Countryside & Environmental**: MMP - DDM. Access to HE Science** Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted. Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is not accepted. International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here. We also welcome applications from mature applicants. *For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com. **Similar subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

including Biology and usually 1 other science subject - Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science/Studies, Economics, Psychology; excluding General Studies.

T Level qualifications are accepted on a case by case basis.

Minimum of 5 Scottish Highers - some subject specific grades/Advanced Highers may be required.

Pass in a Science related subject

Pass required including H5 in Biology

in Applied Science (Similar subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis).

We will accept this qualification in conjunction with other level 3 qualifications.

We are happy to accept combinations of the qualifications listed above, as well as alternative Level 3 qualifications such as City & Guilds and Access. We also welcome applications from mature learners. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year route. Please see: Marine Biology with a Foundation Year UCAS Code: C16F

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 4.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 5.5
    • Others Pre-masters English 5 month program
    • 5.0
    • Others Pre-masters English 6 month program
    • 4.5
    • Others Pre-masters English 9 month program
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 5.5)
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 5.5)
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Marine Biology and Zoology, BSc (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Bangor University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Marine Biology and Zoology BSc (Hons)

Ireland £9000 year 1
England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees and scholarship information for International applicants can be found here:

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/tuition

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Bangor University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Bangor University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #6 
    • #76 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #539 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #5 
    • #190 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #2 
    • #251 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject - Times Higher Education
    [Published 13 October, 2021]

See all university rankings of Bangor University

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About Bangor University

Founded in 1884 in Bangor, Wales, Bangor University offers strong support when it comes to student research initiatives. Some examples include the Environment Centre, a dedicated Language facility, and Europe’s largest underground root laboratory in Treborth Botanic Gardens. Additionally, the campus is situated less than 15 minutes away from Garth Pier on-foot, one of the main places to visit in Bangor.

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Where is this programme taught

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