Marine Biology BSc (Honours) 2022 entry
The BSc in Marine Biology will teach you about marine environments and the diversity of marine life from the deep sea to estuaries. You will gain a thorough understanding of the biology of marine organisms from tiny cells to large marine mammals. You will study at an advanced, research-led level and cover a broad range of topics from marine molecular ecology and marine microbiology, to the ecology, evolution, development and biology of marine life from invertebrates to top predators. You will learn about marine environments ranging from the deep sea to coasts and estuaries and from the tropics to the poles. You be introduced to, and gain practice in, cutting-edge methods used to gather and analyse data from marine environments and the organisms inhabiting them.
St Andrews’ location on the shores of the North Sea makes it the ideal place to study marine wildlife in its natural habitat. Teaching takes advantage of this and you will have the opportunity to learn not only in the lab but also out in the field. The School of Biology has the world-renowned Scottish Oceans Institute, which incorporates the world-class Sea Mammal Research Unit which you can access in order to facilitate your study.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Marine Biology Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master in Marine Biology.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2021. More than 93% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The School of Biology conducts world-class, innovative multidisciplinary research, and in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, Biology was ranked second in the UK based on the impact of its research.
“Studying at St Andrews has given me much more than just an education. It has instantly given me the feeling of home and it never ceases to amaze me how much the University cares about the wellbeing of the students. Thanks to the flexibility of the schedules, I was able to engage in other sciences beside biology in the first year, and explore different aspects of the subject in the second year.”
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