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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology (Optional Placement)

University of Plymouth University of Plymouth, UK

Intake

Sep 2022, Jan 2023

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GBP 14600

Tuition Fee (GBP)

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 Free

Application Fee

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36 months

Duration

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6

IELTS

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76

TOEFL

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75%

Min GPA

Program Overview

In this hands-on degree, one of the best in the UK and with an international reputation, you’ll explore the diversity of marine life from coastal margins to the deep sea and gain an in-depth understanding of the biology of marine organisms. Teaching takes advantage of the South Devon coast as well as some of Europe’s best marine facilities – so you’ll have the opportunity to not just experience marine biology but to practice it at the highest levels in both the laboratory and out in the field.

You'll gain an understanding of marine life at the level of the biology of organisms – ranging from microbes found on coral reefs, the physiology and behaviour of marine vertebrates, to the biology of the marine algae that underpin the vast majority of other marine life. The aim of the degree is not only to teach you about marine biology, but to equip you with the practical, intellectual and scientific skills to be a practising marine biologist.

Key Features

  • In the 2019 National Student Survey, 100 per cent expressed overall satisfaction with the course; 96 per cent of students felt staff on this course were good at explaining things; 100 per cent felt that the staff made the subject interesting and 95 per cent found the course intellectually stimulating.*
  • Explore the full diversity of marine life, from microscopic plankton to iconic marine mammals. Study marine organisms from every angle including how they work, develop and behave and where they are found, how they have evolved and what the future holds for them.
  • Study marine life in the wild with access to the beautiful and varied Devon and Cornwall coastline. A recent World Wildlife Fund report highlighted the South Devon coast – which can be reached on foot from campus – as the area of highest marine biodiversity in the UK.
  • Benefit from a strong emphasis on the biology of marine organisms, experimental design, practical and field skills in the lab and at sea. 
  • Choose optional modules which interest you, such as Scientific Diving which allows suitably qualified students (HSE SCUBA or equivalent) to develop industry and research-relevant skills in measurement and monitoring in the underwater environment using professional SCUBA and related techniques.
  • Access the University’s research vessels based in the Plymouth Sound Special Area for Conservation and our Marine Station.
  • LABplus is a unique open access laboratory and resource centre designed for students studying science and engineering courses. The lab provides a flexible workspace, computing facilities, specialist software, access to microscopes, microscope cameras and bespoke resources. 
  • Benefit from our reputation as an international centre for marine research. Our expert teaching staff collaborate on many varied research projects – one of the many reasons why 100 per cent of our graduates said that our staff made the subject interesting (source: UNISTATS).
  • Opportunities to gain extra experience working in one of the marine research organisations located in Plymouth, alongside your studies. The University enjoys strong links with the internationally renowned marine research establishments based in the city, including the Diving Diseases Research Centre, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Marine Biological Association of the UK and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science.
  • Increase your knowledge and apply your skills in an international setting, with two residential field courses abroad (France and Portugal) that give you the chance to study marine organisms not found in UK waters.
  • Take the opportunity to gain experience and learn new skills in an optional placement in your third year.
  • Widening your knowledge in an area of interest with a major personal research project conducted in your final year.
  • Develop a wide range of skills that will prepare you for your chosen career and make you attractive to employers –  learn how to ask and answer research questions, and learn how marine biology research gets funded in the UK in a unique role play event. There is also the opportunity to gain the HSE Professional SCUBA commercial diver qualification, for those with a suitable background in diving.

Additional Information

Program Level 3-Year Bachelor's Degree

Application Processing Days 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted for this program, students must have Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate.

    6 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
    76 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    59 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    75% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    Tuition Fee

    The values given below are estimated figures, excluding extra charges like material fee, student activity fees, athletic fees, health care, etc., for courses. To know more, please visit the Programs page.

    Average Tuition Fee Per Year

    14600

    Tuition Fee
    (GBP)

     Free

    Application Fee
    (GBP)

    12000 Per year

    Average Cost of Living
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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Student Visa

    When Should I Apply?

    4 to 6 months

    Bank Account?

    No Need

    Duration of visa

    Course Duration + 3 Months

    Time to Wait for Visa

    35 Days

    Appointment

    Required

    How can you apply

    Cost and Expenses

    Fee

    Visa Fee

    Minimum Funds

    833 CAD, 917 CAD

    Other Expenses

    Medical Fee and more

    Examination and Skills

    Medical Examination

    Required

    Language Skills

    Required

    Work Permit

    Students who wish to work in Canada require a work permit to do so. A student in Canada can work part-time during the course of his studies and full-time during holidays and semester breaks and post the completion of their course/program.

    Work Permit

    Till valid study visa

    Working Hours

    20 hours/week

    Documents Required

    Study Permit

    Social Insurance Number

    Study Permit

    Post Graduate Work Permit

    The Post- Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows you to work for three years in Canada if you have completed a two years degree or more.

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    Application

    Form or Online

    Documents Required

    List of Documents

    When to Apply

    First 3 months

    How long does it take?

    90 Days

    Duration

    3 Years

    Fees

    CAD 255

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